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Continued from Page 8
thing must be done to keep Dick's
geni is (or insanity, as Dr. Drew of
"Loveline" states repeatedly in the open-
ing segment) in check. Who really wants
to see Andy Dick dressed as Britney
Spears or spanking a fat guy? More like-
ly, those that hear Dick sing will wish to
be shot before another encounter; he
sounds like a frog crossed with a goat.
Gives me shudders just thinking about it.

Discovery of 'Tombs' tells fascinating story

By Jenny Jettes
Daily Arts Writer

Talk about ancient. One of the world's greatest
archeological discoveries, the Sumerian tombs at Ur
(modern Iraq), contains nearly 200 luxury objects
that date back 4,500 years. Sumer is considered by

Courtesy of MTV
Andy Dick dressed as a singer who sucks
foreshadows the failure of this show.

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Treasures of
the Royal
Detroit Institute
of Arts
through May 6, 2001

many to be the cradle of civi-
lization. The Sumerians were
also the first people to create a
written language and trading
Still, it's hard to imagine
people existed then, for how
can one possibly relate to such
a radically different lifestyle?
A bunch of old stuff, perhaps
at first glance, is just a collec-
tion of irrelevant artifacts. It all
seems unrelated to our lives
today, but, according to Henry

and University of Pennsylvania museums, Woolley
and his team found over 1,500 burials, some in tact.
16 of these were royal tombs and they all contained
remains of the ancient Mesopotamian rulers of Ur.
These included jewelry, instruments, game boards,
cosmetic containers, and weapons, many of which
were adorned with gold, silver, lapis lazuli (an azure
blue semi-precious stone), turquoise, and carnelian
(an orange red stone).
About one third of the items come from Queen
Puabi's tomb. Puabi was buried with 65 female atten-
dants and 5 male retainers. Known as the "Great
Death Pit," her servants most likely willingly accom-
panied her into the afterlife as a show of honor and
respect. However, it is speculated that Puabi was
instead Inanna, the goddess of fertility and war. Nev-
ertheless, she was adorned with a magnificent head-
dress and elaborate jewelry that revealed the
importance of the Sumerian' burial rituals. Puabi's
fascinating necklace included a rare blue stone that
was brought to Ur from North Afghanistan, and her
headdress was made chiefly of gold.
Among the other artifacts found at Ur were vari-
ous lyres and harps, varying in size from one small
enough to hold in a hand to one requiring two peo-
ple. Music was a huge part of the funeral ceremony
and many of these instruments were also adorned
with fine copper, lapis lazuli, and gold. The "Great
Lyre" from the King's grave has an intricate goat fig-
ure at its base, which is reared and nibbling at the
golden leaves of a small tree. This depiction may be
a representation of the link between the plant and
animal worlds. Woolley referred to the figure as
"Ram Caught in a Thicket," after the biblical tale of


David Thoreau, "The earth is not a mere fragment of
dead history, stratum upon stratum like the leaves of
a book, to be studied by geologists and antiquaries
chiefly, but living poetry like the leaves of a tree,
which precede flowers and fruit."
The excavation began in the late 1920s and '30s
by the famous British archeologist Sir Leonard
Woolley. Woolley, his wife, and one other assistant
led the excavation, which lasted 30 years. Conditions
were often rough, as they often had to deal with
sandstorms and heavy rain, and by the time they
were through, Woolley and his crew had worked
through 17,000 yards of soil. Through the British

This lion head from the "Treasures of the Royal
Tombs" exhibit dates back 4,500 years. Graaaahrl
Abraham and Isaac, where Abraham kills a trapped-;
ram instead of Isaac for a sacrificial offering.
Woolley says that the only way to get in the mindst
of dead and gone men is to look at dead and gone':0
things. Perhaps he is right. Archeology involves
much more than finding old stuff. Looking at an_
object's connection with its environment and its
proximity to other objects may tell much more than
one would expect. In fact, Woolley says that archeol-
ogy uses every area to excavate a work, meaning
sociologists, doctors, teachers, and engineers alike
can contribute to and learn from such findings.


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