Mesopotamian doors had large wooden posts that extended past the threshhold.  This post rested in the depression of a gate/door socket.  The door then pivoted on this post, and the sokept kept it in place.  The socket was set into the floor, so the top of the socket was aligned with the floor.  Most sockets were inscribed with a dedicatory inscription from the ruler/govenor to a god/goddess recording achievements and building projects.  

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Object U Number Museum Number (UPM Date Reg Number) Museum Number (BM Registration Number) Museum Number (UPM B-number) Description (Catalog Card)
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10613 (none) (none) (none) Fragment of Door-socket. Inscription Equivalent to last 5 lines of Bur Sin, U.295, U.1727 Found at same time as fragmentary diorite statue) Later; Another fragment, joining, giving end of lines 2-5.
10614 (none) (none) (none) Stone Fragment Diorite Beginning of a dedication: Possibly belongs with U.10138: but found not with the latter but with fragmentary diorite statue. In text, see U.1359 etc.HC..4b
10615 (none) (none) (none) Stone Fragment Diorite? Beginning of a dedication by Dungi (found at same time as U.10,613; U.10, 614)
10634 (none) 1935,0113.376 (none) Diorite ? fragment of Gate-socket! with part of a Semitic inscription. [struck out "(about NeoBab. period)"] =Nabonidus, U.806 H.C.9
1165 (none) (none) B15885 Black stone gate socket, with long but incomplete inscr. running round the side. Beginning and end lost, partly by the breaking off of one side of the stone, partly by flaking away the surface. 42 ll remain, recording the building of an archive-house (dub-la-mah), annexed to the court of justice, by Bur-Sin I, king of Ur. The text ends with blessings and curses upon those who should respect or destroy the king's monument. Photo 147 RI.71
1191 (none) 1924,0920.22 (none) Large black diorite gate-socket, dedicated in the cult-temple of GIMIL-SIN, king of Ur (3rd Dynasty), by a certain Lugal-magu-rri, patesi of Ur. The inscription of 16 lines is engraved on the upper surface partly surrounding the socket hole.
1208 (none) (none) (none) Massive brick diorite gate-socket, with 8 lines, inscription of Kurigalzu.
12503 30-12-252 (none) (none) Diorite. Door socket. Kurigalzu. In text: Nannar courtyard. Kassite (21). HC113.
12504 (none) (none) (none) Diorite gate socket. Ur Nammu. Inscription = Brick inscription SAK 186a. HC114.
1357 (none) (none) (none) Gate socket of Ur-Nammu, with inscription duplicate of the bricks from the Ziggurat. SAKI p.186a.
1367 (none) (none) B15322, B15322 Sandstone gate socket of Kurigalzu, with inscription similar to that of U.1208, 9 lines.
16255 (none) 1931,1010.297 (none) Copper shoe at door-pole. (broken, not complete) cup-shaped, with nails to fix it to the pole end. Found in posistion standing on the brick door-socket in the hinged box.
16312 (none) (none) (none) Bronze socket. Container for wooden door threshold or possibly for holding wooden bar for bolting a door? [drawing]
1663 (none) (none) (none) Gate socket, (sandstone?) with traces of an almost completely obliterated inscription probably of Kurigalzu.
17209 (none) (none) (none) Diorite door-socket. Gimil-sin; the building of the tempe of Annunitum. (SAKI 200, 4(a)).
1727 (none) (none) (none) Black stone, of irregular shape, broken, probably part of a gate socket. On a smoothed surface is a 8 line inscription of Bur-Sin, king of Ur, recording his building of a ge-par for the goddess Nin-gal.
17830 (none) (none) (none) Door socket. Diorite. With inscription of Ur-Engur.
17831 (none) (none) (none) Door socket. Diorite. With inscription of Ur-Engur.
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