Plan of the City of Ur

The city of Ur was excavated by Sir Leonard Woolley, over the period 1922-1934 and the artifacts were divided between the British Museum, the Iraq Museum and the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania, where the spectacular finds can be seen on display. Woolley dug not only the royal palaces and tombs of the Sumerian inhabitants, but also the domestic architecture of the later inhabitants. This plan shows the extent of the ancient city during the time of the rulers of Larsa -- shortly before the accession of Hammurabi. Like many of the Mesopotamian city states, it is enclosed by a defensive wall, and dominated by the temple precinct.