Located in Southern Iraq, Ur was one of the first cities in human history and as such is of incredible importance to archaeologists, historians, and people all over the world. he great city of Ur, traditional birthplace of the prophet Abraham, and previously sacred to the Sumerian god ‘Sin’, or Babylonian ‘Nanna’, was occupied from around 4,000 BC. It was the centre of one of the Sumerian City States, and excavations conducted between 1922 and 1934 revealed spectacular Sumerian ‘royal’ tombs. There were also long sequences of monumental architecture from succeeding dynasties. The city was sacked and rebuilt many times as its fortunes waxed and waned, and finally abandoned about 500 BC. Its towering ziggurat still dominates the horizon today.
6,000 years of ancient history
Explore the Mesopotamian Ziggurat in Southern Iraq