Which Pythagorean triples did the Sumerians know?

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Where they aware of 3,4 and 5; 5, 12 and 13?
 

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From Wikipedia:

The cuneiform Plimpton 322 contains 15 different Pythagorean triples, e. g. ##(56,90,106)\, , \, (119,120,169)\, , \, (12709, 13500, 18541)##, which suggests that more than ##3,500## years ago a method of calculating such triples was already known.
 
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Btw., Wikipedia mentions Babylonians, not Sumerians. Those are not identical. The Sumerer developed the cuneiform, the Babylonians adapted it and followed the reign of the Sumerians.
 
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From Wikipedia:

The cuneiform Plimpton 322 contains 15 different Pythagorean triples, e. g. ##(56,90,106)\, , \, (119,120,169)\, , \, (12709, 13500, 18541)##, which suggests that more than ##3,500## years ago a method of calculating such triples was already known.
Thanks for this information. Very relevant to my question.
 
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Plimpton 322 dates around 1800 B.C. long after the Sumerians.
 

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