Ur of the Chaldees. A Virtual Vision of Woolley’s Excavations at Ur

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06000By: Gareth Brereton Tell al-Muqayyar – better known as the ancient city of Ur – is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites discovered in the Middle East. The remains of this ancient settlement form a mound rising to a height of more than twenty meters above the southwestern flood plain of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in southern Iraq, near the modern city of Nasiriyah. Aerial view of Ur, 1927. Reviving this important site using twenty-first century techniques is an important challenge. The Ur Digitisation Project is a dynamic collaboration between the British Museum  and the University of Pennsylvania Museum that began in July 2013 with a generous $1.28 million lead support from the Leon Levy Foundation. The principal goal of the project is to reunify the remarkable finds from Ur using a state-of-the-art online facility. We are currently developing a multifaceted website that integrates artefact data and high-resolution digital images of objects with published reports, the original field notes, excavation photographs, plans, and letters. In creating such a resource, this project builds on the collaborative success of the original joint expedition and takes it into the twenty-first century. The ancient city of Ur As early as the mid-seventeenth century, European explorers travelling through the region marveled at the ruins of the massive temple tower or ‘ziggurat’ that protruded from

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