New Monumental Structure Uncovered Near Ur

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The Standard of Ur

After nearly 80 years, archaeologists have returned to one of the world’s most prolific archaeology sites. While the site was initially excavated in the 1850s, Sir Leonard Woolley’s well-publicized 20th-century excavations exposed valuable artifacts and thousands of years of the Sumerian city-state’s history, spurring on associations with Abraham’s birthplace, the Biblical Ur of the Chaldees (see discussion below).

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.

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Is the Sumerian Ur Abraham’s Ur of the Chaldees?

Find Out More in the BAS Library

Where Was Abraham’s Ur? The Case for the Babylonian City
BAR 27:03, May/Jun 2001
By Alan R. Millard

Abraham’s Ur—Is the Pope Going to the Wrong Place?
BAR 26:02, Mar/Apr 2000
By Hershel Shanks

Abraham’s Ur: Did Woolley Excavate the Wrong Place?
BAR 26:01, Jan/Feb 2000
By Molly Dewsnap Meinhardt

Woolley’s Ur Revisited
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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