Decimal degrees: 31.323789N, 45.636056 E; WGS84.
UTM: 38R, 560516(e), 3465661(n); WGS84.
Modern Name: Tell el Warka
Confidence: 7 = Medium, co-ordinate may be imprecise. Suggest co-ordinate ->


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Sites from Satellites: Uruk and Ur, Iraq Andrew Sherratt
Sites from Satellites: Uruk and Ur, Iraq (2004)
Seen from space, the third millennia BC sites of Uruk and Ur were occupied as major urban centres. Uruk and Ur are far from the present head of the Persian Gulf; but Ur was a sea-port and Uruk was situated on a major riverine artery.
Environmental Change: The evolution of Mesopotamia Andrew Sherratt
Environmental Change: the evolution of Mesopotamia (2004)
The areas that were occupied by early farmers and town-dwellers were often very different from the landscapes that can be seen in the same areas today. Some of the most important changes took place in the great river basins where urban civilisation first emerged. Southern Mesopotamia (Iraq), the land of the two rivers, has been transformed over the last six thousand years by the changing relationships between rivers, land and sea. Although the pattern has not yet been reconstructed in detail, satellite imagery can be used to outline the major processes of change, and to visualise what an extraordinary landscape this was at the time of the first cities.


  Site Condition, Preservation and Accessibility
Current or recorded site condition:
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How to cite this page: 'OpenAtlas Site Information: Uruk', ArchAtlas, Version 4.1, http://www.archatlas.org/openatlas/oashow.php?s=82, Accessed: 18 June 2018