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Ur was not a Chaldean city

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Ur was not a Chaldean city

May-13-2001 at 02:37 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

The discoveries at Ur by Leonard Woolley and later by his team, which included Max Mallowan, are considered to be priceless in archaeology. The attractions for Woolley of a return to Ur were at that time very powerful because it was a venerable, ancient city closely associated with the Old Testament. There was still in around 1925 a wide Bible-reading public. Woolley himself had been trained as a theologian and at one time destined to enter the church. He thought that by going to Ur he would bring to life the Old Testament, a task in which he brilliantly succeeded. This is where the mythical term Ur of the Chaldee got its connection, even though Ur was hardly a Chaldean city.
Ur is situated half-way between Baghdad and the Persian Gulf. Ur goes back far beyond the Flood. Excavations at Ur indicate some very old primitive settlements set on a high mound, where the Sumerians later built the city, putting up permanent buildings of burnt brick and surrounding it with stout walls of defence. We know that Ur existed at least in 3200 BC, and excavations tell us that the First Dynasty of Ur, which is dated around 3100 BC, was at Ur.
Therefore, to associate Ur with the ancient Chaldeans is historically false since the ancient Chaldeans appeared in Mesopotamian history around the year 900 BC, whereas Ur existed 2300 years earlier than the Chaldeans' appearance.

Read:
1. Max Mallowan: Autobiography of Max Mallowan.
2. Leonard Woolley, Ur.

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