Reopening a dig site in southern Iraq after a 30-year hiatus, Penn Museum researchers made two stunning discoveries in the Sumerian city of Lagash: a 5,000-year-old tavern that served up dinner and drinks, and a sediment core that holds answers to ecological secrets for 20,000 years of history. The Lagash Archaeological Project analyzes their results with cutting-edge technology such as UAV drone photography, magnetometry, and geoscience, revealing the complex interplay between culture, society, and the environment. Along the way, the team works closely with the local community to improve their everyday lives and connect them to the stories of the people who came before them.
Greetings from Lagash
Originally Published in 2023