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Archaeologist Looks At Death 1/6/11 12:30 PM January 27, 2011 Reconstructing a royal tomb (first phase continued) o Add grave goods ! Human sacrifices (3-5 bodies) Second Phase o Procession into the pit ! Members of court, soldiers, servants, musicians, ox drawn chariots and carts o Bringing in grave goods ! Chariot or cart, wooden chest, cauldron, vessels, weapons o Ceremony ! Music (harpist), feast (knives, cups, sheep carcasses) o Human sacrifices (sometimes in large numbers) ! Strangled? Drank poison? ! Recent news (October 26, 2009) " ‘At Ur, Ritual Deaths That Were Anything But Serene” – NY Times " Sharp instrument is driven into skull, leave 1 inch diameter hole o Animals killed ! Bodies arranged – six soldiers, 4 harpists, 64 women Third phase o “Refilling of tomb a long-drawn ceremony involving elaborate rites” – Woolley o When pit partially filled in (only dome of chamber visible): ! Fires lit, feasts, “libations” to dead down a drain (liquids of offerings into chamber), offerings o Sometimes another chamber made !
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