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The Story of Uruk

  • Walter Andrae (a1)

Uruk is the ancient name of the great ruin-field of Warka, which is situated near the station of El Khidr on the Irak railway, about 20 kilometres north of the Euphrates. It is now in the heart of a desert region almost exactly in the middle of the land of Sumer (the Shinar of the Old Testament).

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* Translated by the Editor, by permission, from a Handbook of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Berlin, 1935), pp. 9–29, which is sold at the Vorderasiatische Abteilung of the Berlin State Museum.

1 We hope shortly to publish an article on the Origins of Writing, but are awaiting the publication, promised this year, of Dr Falkenstein‘s work on the pictographs found at Uruk.—Editor.

2 The numbering of the strata at Uruk begins at the top, numbered I, and works downwards.—Translator.

3 The lowest stratum found at Uruk is that numbered XVIII.

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  • EISSN: 1745-1744
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