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Excavating Uruk

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Science  22 Nov 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6468, pp. 959
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaz7969

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In 2013, to mark the centenary of research conducted on Uruk, the world's first city, the Vorderasiatisches Museum staged an exhibition, Uruk: 5,000 Years of the Megacity. Its accompanying book (written in German) contained more than 60 essays on subjects ranging from satellite maps and geoarchaeology to laborers' ration bowls and state administration to cuneiform and religious thought. This new book is an English translation of that 2013 volume. It is lavishly illustrated with objects from collections in Berlin, Dresden, and Heidelberg, as well as Brussels, London, Oxford, and Paris, and includes fascinating reconstructions of life in Uruk generated using scientific data.

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