Thin End of the Wedge
Licia talks about her work at the Sumerian site of Abu Tbeirah in southern Iraq. She explains what the burials found there, and elsewhere in Iraq, tell us about the beliefs and practices of the Sumerians. Why are bodies oriented to the western horizon? And why are the heads sometimes missing?
2:25 about Abu Tbeirah
3:14 why excavate at Abu Tbeirah?
6:50 where were the dead buried?
14:56 the orientation of bodies
18:18 grave goods
21:10 after death
24:58 how burials are excavated
Music by Ruba Hillawi