Description (Catalog Card): [A-L] Shell Plaques. Found in confusion and scattered in the soil (the filling of the shaft) 12 plaques with animals, of which 2 are broken. 4 1/2 others completely decayed. 7 white squares each with 5 blue dots. 3 black squares each with 5 white dots. 2 squares with rosettes. 9 pieces (strips) with eye pattern most of these have suffered by the decay of the shell. Also a quantity of narrow edging slips in mother-of-pearl, red stone and lapis.1     
Description (Ur Excavation Publication): Gaming board2     
Find Context (Catalog Card): PG 580     
Material (Catalog Card): Stone3     
Material (Catalog Card): Lapis lazuli3     
Material (Catalog Card): Shell3     
Material (Catalog Card): Mother-of-pearl3     
U Number: 9776K     
Museum: University of Pennsylvania Museum      
Object Type: Figural Objects >> Plaques/Reliefs      
Season Number: 06: 1927-1928      
Material: Inorganic Remains >> Stones and Minerals >> Mineral >> Semi-precious >> Lapis Lazuli      
Material: Organic Remains >> Shell >> Marine Shell >> Mother of Pearl      
Material: Organic Remains >> Shell      
Museum Number (UPM B-number): B16742     
Notes: Shell plaques reconstructed into game board with shell eyes on side.     
[1] Woolley's description
[2] UE 2 p.435
[3] Material as described by Woolley


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PG/580 This grave was cut by Trial Trench E at the end of one season and excavation was not completed until the following season. It was a time when Woolley was only just recognizing the royal graves as a separate type in the cemetery. The wealth of objects uncovered here led him to suspect it was 'royal' but there were many problems with the condition of the grave and the circumstances of excavation that have led to confusion. After this discovery, Woolley decided to abandon the trial trench method and open the entire cemetery area. He also began to map individual graves. (none)
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Ur Excavations II; The Royal Cemetery Ur Excavations II; The Royal Cemetery 1934 Woolley, Leonard (none)
Woolley's Catalog Cards Woolley's Catalog Cards Card -- BM ID:194 Box:43 Page:45 Card -- BM ID:194 Box:43 Page:45 (none)
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