Join Helene Maloigne for a fascinating talk as part of our Ancient Civilisations Week .

The Royal Tombs of the ancient city of Ur (southern Iraq) produced some of the most visually and technically striking objects of archaeological discovery. Comparable to the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, Sir Leonard Woolley’s excavations (1922 –1934) not only added significantly to our knowledge of ancient Mesopotamia but captivated all levels of interwar society with their evocation of Biblical Ur of the Chaldees. 

While the objects from the Royal Tombs are now in the National Museum of Iraq, the British Museum and the Penn Museum (Philadelphia) the original drawings from the excavation by the American illustrator Marie-Louise Baker were donated to Birmingham Museums by Sir Leonard in the 1950s.

This talk will explore the history of the excavation, archaeological illustration and how Woolley used the images in his scholarly and popular publications.

40 places available on a first arrival basis  

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