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Which Ur is the most probable?

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  • yaffa ranells
    Wondering if anyone knows what the consensus is regarding the Ur which most likely is the one mentioned in the Bible as Abraham s birthplace? Was it most
    Message 1 of 53 , May 24, 2007
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      Wondering if anyone knows what the consensus is regarding the Ur which most
      likely is the one mentioned in the Bible as Abraham's birthplace? Was it
      most likely the Ur excavated by Sir Leonard Wooley in southern Mesopotamia,
      Urfa between the upper reaches of the Tigris and the Euphrates, or Hurrian
      Urkesh in Syria?

      Yaffa Bernstein
      MBA, Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem


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    • finckean
      Listers may be interested in the folowing article from today s www.nytimes.com: Scholars Race to Recover a Lost Kingdom on the Nile By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
      Message 53 of 53 , Jun 19, 2007
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        Listers may be interested in the folowing article from today's
        www.nytimes.com:
        Scholars Race to Recover a Lost Kingdom on the Nile
        By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
        Published: June 19, 2007
        On the periphery of history in antiquity, there was a land known as
        Kush. Overshadowed by Egypt, to the north, it was a place of
        uncharted breadth and depth far up the Nile, a mystery verging on
        myth. One thing the Egyptians did know and recorded — Kush had gold.
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        Gist of the article is that scholars from U. Chicago are - and have
        been all year - working frantically to recover evidence about the
        lost kingdom of Kush (2000-1500 BC) that - despite having neither a
        writing system nor bureaucracy - flourished as a gold-producing
        megalith between the first and fourth catartacts and farther south.
        A new dam around the fourth cataract threatens to turn the area into
        a lake.
        Andrew Fincke
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