University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Aubrey Baadsgaard

Imaging Ur’s Sacrificial Dead: An Archaeological CAT Scan

Science & Archaeology

By: Aubrey Baadsgaard

Some 4,600 years ago processions of royal courtiers—including soldiers, musicians, ladies-in-waiting, ox- cart and chariot drivers, and animal grooms—accompanied their king or queen to the afterlife. Descending a ramp into an earthen pit at the biblical site popularly known as Ur of the Chaldees, they were put to death by drinking poison from small, clay cups. […]