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Holly Pittman | Death, Burial, and the Afterlife in Early Mesopotamia

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3260 South Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Lecture cosponsored by Penn Museum.

Penn Museum’s Middle East galleries contain some of the world’s most important artifacts from the Royal Cemetery in the ancient city of Ur. In particular, the intact burial ground of Queen Pu-abi, which dates back more than 4,000 years, and a lavish mass burial which was described by its excavator as the "Great Death Pit," provide a uniquely illuminating view into the beliefs of ancient Sumerians. Professor Pittman will describe the Queen’s tomb, the elaborate and expensive rituals associated with the passing of members of elite society from this world to the next, and what this tells us about notions of life after death in early Mesopotamia.

Free and open to the public. Pre-registration requested.

*This registration is for the lecture ONLY. Stay tuned for details about how to register for the tours.*

More information about this event is on our website: https://wolfhumanities.upenn.edu/events/pittman-museum

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