Moving Inland
The Scene is Set: Ubaid
The Sumerians
Eridu to Uruk
     From Horticulture to Agriculture
Wealth, Status and War
     The Goddess in Transition
Nammu: The Sumerian Great Mother
Transcendent to Anthropomorphic
The Underworld: Ereshkigal

Ongoing Research

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  The Advent of Agriculture

Sumer: Eridu to Uruk

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Uruk rediscovered

This image, in approximately the same orientation as the reconstruction below, came from a six page article on The Britsh Museum web site called Eridu visit and photos, posted June 2008. It shows the effect of time and weather on the clay buildings of Uruk. Unfortunately, that article is no longer available.

A thorough article with pictures is available at the Ancient History Encyclopedia site. It includes a historical simulation video depicting life in Uruk 5000 years ago. Take a look...

Uruk : The World's First Big City. Khan Academy, a free educational site, has an informative article and pictures about Uruk. Visit the site...

Artist conception of Uruk

Uruk visualisation project. This beautiful artist conception of Uruk, showing a procession to the temple on the ziggurat, comes from Artefacts Scientific Illustration and Archaeological Reconstruction. The image has been reduced to fit our page. Visit the Artefacts site to see an enlarged version and to read more information.