The Kirkuk Excavations

Originally Published in 1930

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THE excavations in progress at Kirkuk continue to reveal objects and scientific data of considerable importance. Mr. Starr, Field Director of the Expedition, writes in his report of the work during December of an interesting plaster wall decorated with a fresco frieze of spiral ornaments in black, grey, and red. “This room has been the richest so far. Besides the indications we have of its ancient splendour it has given us about eighty tablets in more or less good condition and what appears to be the most valuable find so far. This is a bronze tablet about five inches long by two and three-quarters wide and one-eighth of an inch thick. It is perfectly sound apparently, but unfortunately over half of the inscribed area is covered with patination which will require careful cleaning. That which can be seen refers to land or fields and according to Dr. Lutz may well be connected with the rights and vast property holdings of feudal overlordship”

Men excavating several jars half buried
Plate Iv — Knifemen Exposing Storage Jars
Excavations at Kirkuk, Mesopotamia

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"The Kirkuk Excavations." Museum Bulletin I, no. 3 (March, 1930): 6-7. Accessed July 25, 2024. https://www.penn.museum/sites/bulletin/219/


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