An outstanding 1927 aerial photo of the ruins of the ancient Sumerian city of Ur, featuring the remains of the great Ziggurat

Margie Jones
06/10/2023

Those trackways leading out of the site likely represent excavation spoil made into haul roads from clearing the site during Leonard Wooley’s archaeological excavations in the 1920s.

The hill of Ur in a Gambit KH-7 photograph taken in April 1966 and in a WorldView-1 image acquired in March 2008: A: the sacred area with the Ziggurat and the other main monuments; B: the North Harbour; C: the West Harbour, a depression that probably corresponds to an ancient channel. The arrows indicate traces and remains of the city walls.

An oblique view of Tell al Muqayyar (Ur) in a Gambit KH-7 photograph acquired in February 1966: A: the sacred area on the top of the hill; B: the North Harbour; C: the West Harbour. The arrows indicate traces and remains of the city walls.

The new general plan of Ur (drawn up by F. Ghio): 1: City Wall; 2: North Harbour; 3: Palace of Ennigaldi-Nanna; 4: Harbour Temple; 5: Houses on City Wall; 6: Kassite Fort; 7: enclosure of the Sacred Area in the neo-Babylonian period; 8: enclosure of the Sacred Area during the 3rd Dynasty; 9: Nanna Court; 10: Etemenniguru; 11: Ziggurat; 12: Nanna Temple; 13: Boat Shrine; 14: Ningal Temple; 15: Giparku; 16: Edublamakh; 17: Ganunmakh; 18: Ekhursag; 19: Mausolea of the 3rd Dynasty; 20: Royal Graves; 21: Nimintabba Temple; 22: Houses (EM District); 23: West Harbour; 24: Houses (AH District); 25: neo-Babylonian Houses; 26: Enki Temple.

The QuickBird-2 panchromatic image of April 2004 draped on the DEM based on SRTM data: a view from the north, with the Ziggurat on the top of the hill (A), and the North Harbour area (B); the arrows indicate traces and remains of the city walls.

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