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Tower of Abraham the Patriarch, Discovered


That Abraham lived near the brick tower of the Ziggurat of Ur and other discoveries closely related to Biblical history are claimed in a report of C. Leonard Woolley, the noted archeologist in charge of scientists from the University of Pennsylvania, now exploring in Babylonia.

Work was recently suspended owing to the hot weather and will be resumed in the Autumn. Meanwhile the scientists are busy apportioning the objects dug up by them and their crew of 200 natives. A large part of the finds will be shipped to the University museum this Summer. Dr. Woolley reports that the workmen have exposed the Ziggurat, the most imposing monument at Ur of the Chaldees, which was destroyed in the fifty century before Christ, The Ziggwak, or tower, was begun, but left unfinised by Ur-Engur and his son, Dungi Kings of Ur, about 2300 B. C.

“We must conclude,” Dr. Woolley says,” that the Ur-Engur building, whose lower part survives today was completed at least during his son’s reign and that when Abraham lived at Ur he looked up daily to the Ziggurat.

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