Ongoing Research

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Although excavations at Ur ended over 75 years ago, research continues. Advances in technology and our increased understanding of early Mesopotamian culture and history help inform us about Ur’s Royal Cemetery. Woolley’s records are fundamental to these continuing efforts. Nearly 30 years after Woolley’s original 1934 report, Hans J. Nissen undertook the first sustained re-evaluation in 1966, followed, in turn, by Wolfgang Glockel in 1982 and Susan Pollock in 1983. A number of special studies have also been made on the tombs themselves and on specific categories of objects such as objects d’arts, musical instruments, metal vessels and jewlery. This research has produced new theories and insights that give us a better understanding of the structure of the Royal Cemetery, the funerary rituals that took place there, and the people and culture of early Mesopotamia.

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