Ur Texts

March 30th, 2006 | researchmaterial

Italian archeologists working in Iraq have announced the discovery of numerous stone tablets from the ancient civilization of Ur.

“This is an exceptional find,” team leader Silvia Chiodi told the Italian news service ANSA, noting the tablets were found at an archaeological site not far from the location of the ancient city.

“The most surprising thing is the time span the tablets cover, ranging from 2,700 B.C., the First Dynasty of Ur, to 2,100 B.C., the Third Dynasty,” Giovanni Pettinato, an expert on Sumerian civilization, told ANSA. Pettinato surmised that if the tablets were part of a library, there might be thousands of them at the site.

Ur, near the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriya, is cited in the Bible as the birthplace of the prophet Abraham, ANSA reported, noting Ur was also the religious center of the Sumerian civilization.

A most famous classic of ancient literature, Gilgamesh, was written at Ur.


7 Responses to “Ur Texts”

  1. It’s really a question of putting history in front of religion, isn’t it?

  2. Ur Texts! I just got that! Funny I was just re-reading “New Maps of Hell” yesterday.

  3. I hear they found a sequel to the Epic, where Gilgamesh fights Conan.

  4. This would make this site protected, would it not?

  5. Holy crap. Maybe now Gilgamesh can be completed.

  6. Well this is all Iraq needs.

    If modern culture has taught me anything, it’s taught me that no good can come of overly curious archeologists nosing about in forgotten Sumerian lore.

    Mark my words, before you can say H.P. Lovecraft, there’ll be a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (or perhaps Baklava Boy) rampaging through Sadr City. Only after Condi and Rummy manifest themselves as the Gatekeeper and the Keyholder, of course…

  7. Speaking of old Lovvycraft, I just finished the Dream Cycle, and no, on second thought, don’t touch that shit. PUT IT BACK. – Indiana Jones