Sunday, 20 February 2011

The Great Death Pit... little was left of the tomb chamber to which this death pit was presumably attached. In the pit itself were the bodies of six guards, four musicians with their instruments and no less than sixty four women in ceremonial dress... The earrings were large and crescent shaped.... Each body probably had its own bowl of stone or metal, and the presumption is that the participants in the macabre ceremony died by drinking poison. As usual, the identity of these people, their status and relationship to the principal occupant of the tomb, remain unclear. About 2600 BC. From Ur, grave P1237. British Museum


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