Ur of the Chaldees Lecture

Dr. Richard L. Zettler, Co-curator of Iraq’s Ancient Past gives a one-hour lecture about Biblical Ur of the Chaldees, one of the largest and most important Mesopotamian cities. Drawing on Sir Leonard Woolley’s excavations in the 1920s and 30s, he presents a colorful portrait of the city that existed circa 2100-1600 BCE, a city with a towering ziggurat and crowded residential areas. The city that Woolley so painstakingly uncovered is not only the city he claimed Abraham walked, but also the model for our understanding of ancient Mesopotamian urbanism today.

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