Wednesday, 8 August 2018

The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities

This was my very first postcard of an Iraqui site! The quality of the image is not very good but I'm extremely happy to have it!

Ziggurat of Ur
This postcard was sent from Denmark by Genek

The Ziggurat (or Great Zigguratof Ur (meaning "temple whose foundation creates aura") is a Neo-Sumerian ziggurat in what was the city of Ur near Nasiriyah, in present-day Dhi Qar ProvinceIraq. The structure was built during the Early Bronze Age (21st century BCE) but had crumbled to ruins by the 6th century BCE of the Neo-Babylonian period, when it was restored by King Nabonidus.
Its remains were excavated in the 1920s and 1930s by Sir Leonard Woolley. Under Saddam Hussein in the 1980s, they were encased by a partial reconstruction of the façade and the monumental staircase. The Ziggurat of Ur is the best-preserved of those known from Iran and Iraq, besides the ziggurat of Dur Untash (Chogha Zanbil). It is one of three well preserved structures of the Neo-Sumerian city of Ur, along with the Royal Mausolea and the Palace of Ur-Nammu (the E-hursag). - in: wikipedia

The seven components of this site (in red what I have):
  • The Iraqi side of Huwaizah Marshes
  • The Central Marshes
  • The East Hammar Marshes
  • The West Hammar Marshes
  • Uruk Archaeological City
  • Ur Archaeological City
  • Tell Eridu Archaeological Site

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