Archaeologists returning to Iraq have uncovered a massive structure on the ancient banks of the Euphrates River, ten miles from the city center. The recent discovery’s monumental size—with nearly nine-foot-thick walls—suggests that it was a palace or a temple. The team, led by University of Manchester archaeologist Jane Moon, employs techniques not available to Woolley and his team. Moon identified the structure in satellite images, and so far her team has only exposed a small section of the monumental complex. While Woolley’s excavations were famous for producing lavish artifacts including the Standard of Ur (pictured above, right), Moon’s modern archaeological toolkit will allow her team to reconstruct the economy, diet, climate and daily life at the Sumerian capital.
Is the Sumerian Ur Abraham’s Ur of the Chaldees?
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BAR 27:03, May/Jun 2001
By Alan R. Millard
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BAR 26:02, Mar/Apr 2000
By Hershel Shanks
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BAR 26:01, Jan/Feb 2000
By Molly Dewsnap Meinhardt
Woolley’s Ur Revisited
BAR 10:05, Sep/Oct 1984
By Richard L. Zettler
Where Is Abraham’s Ur?
BAR 3:02, Jun 1977
By Cyrus H. Gordon
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