Skip to comments.French Archaeologists Says Ur Tomb Artifacts Came From Burnt City
Posted on 12/15/2006 10:46:47 AM PST by blam
French archaeologist says Ur royal tomb artifacts came from Burnt City
TEHRAN, Dec. 14 (MNA) -- French archaeologist Michèle Casanova said that the artifacts unearthed from the royal tombs in the ancient Sumerian city of Ur came from Irans 5200-year-old Burnt City, the Persian service of CHN reported on Friday.
Now, we are almost certain that the beautiful artifacts discovered in the city of Ur had been brought from the Burnt City, Jiroft, and Central Asia. This fact raises many questions, including why trade relations were established between the regions, Casanova said.
Casanova, who is also an expert on ornamental stones and particularly lapis lazuli, and several other foreign archaeologists are working together with the Iranian team at the Burnt City, near the city of Zabol in Sistan-Baluchestan Province.
The most interesting point is that all the ornamental dishes made of soapstone have been discovered in temples and royal tombs, noted Casanova, who is also a professor at the University of Rennes.
This fact indicates that ornamental dishes were very common, so the artifacts were buried with ordinary people. However, such dishes had been brought to Mesopotamia as a precious object for temples and royal families, he explained.
Nine seasons of excavations have been carried out at the Burnt City.
An artificial eye is one of the most amazing artifacts discovered at the Burnt City during the current excavations led by Mansur Sajjadi.
The team also discovered an earthenware bowl at the Burnt City which bears images of what experts believe is the worlds oldest animated picture drawn around it.
Archaeologists had previously estimated the size of the city at 150 hectares, but the latest study shows that the city covers an area of 180 hectares.
It was built circa 3200 BC and destroyed some time around 2100 BC.
The city had four stages of civilization and was burnt down three times. Since it was not rebuilt after the last time it was burnt down, it has been named the Burnt City.
Lots of activity at Burnt City the last couple of years.
What? MY tomb?
Not My Tomb, Ur Tomb. Not to be confused with Kartomb, which is a 69 Oldsmobile........
Does the burnt city have another name?
Uh - Chicago?
You must be confusing that with the fabulous Ruins of Detriot?
Mrs. Oliri's camel's fault.
Wow... good one!
Ur was the hometown of Abram, wasn't it?
Yes. When he lived there it was a seaside town...today it is about 100 miles inland.
Does the burnt city have another name?It had one, but the sign burned down.
Ur was the hometown of Abram, wasn't it?IMO, this one was not. Abraham's hometown was in Anatolia.
Where was Abraham's Ur?Abraham was from the city of Ur according to Genesis 11:31. The problem is that there are several places called Ur. It is identified as "Ur of the Chaldeans." The problem with "Chaldeans" is that it is a late word used in the Neo-Babylonian times. It is either anachronistic, or this part of Genesis was written after the Exile.
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There is no debate over where Haran is located, 10 miles north of the Syrian border in Turkey along the Balikh River, a tributary of the Euphrates River. Haran is an important Hurrian center, mentioned in the Nuzi tablets. The moon god, Sin was worshiped here. If Ur were located in Southern Iraq, why would Abraham travel 60 miles way out of his way to go to Haran?
There are two cities not far from Haran; Ura and Urfa. Local tradition says that Abraham was born in Urfa. Northern Ur is mentioned in tablets at Ugarit, Nuzi, and Ebla, which refers to Ur, URA, and Urau (See BAR January 2000, page 16).
The names of several of Abraham's relatives like Peleg, Serug, Nahor and Terah, appear as names of cities in the region of Haran (Harper's Bible Dictionary, page 373). Abraham sent his servant back to the region of Haran to find a wife for Isaac (Genesis 24:10).
After working for Laban, Jacob fled across the Euphrates River back to Canaan (Genesis 31:21). If Ur were in Southern Mesopotamia, then Jacob would not need to cross the Euphrates. Laban is said to live in Paddan-Aram, which is in the region of Haran (Genesis 28:5-7), which seems to be the same area as Aram-Naharaim, Abraham's homeland (Genesis 24:10).
All this evidence taken together seems to indicate that the Ur of Abraham was in the same region as Haran in Northern Mesopotamia, and not the famous Ur in Southern Mesopotamia.
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French Archaeologists, burnt cars...must be Paris.
Thanks to Amadinanutjob, soon to be replaced by Iran's "New Burnt City," formerly known as Tehran.
Stuff found in UR might just as easily have been looted as war prizes rather than obtained by trade with the burnt city.
Just updating the GGG info, not sending a general distribution.
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