The Flooding of Ur in Mesopotamia in New Perspectives


At around 5000 years BP sea level peaked in the Persian Gulf region at a level of +0.3 m as now determined in Qatar. This coincides with the famous flooding of the ancient city of Ur, originally interpreted as due to local changes in the fluvial system. We can now propose that, in fact, it was the sea level rise that triggered the fluvial reorganization and rise in ground water level that ultimately led to “the flooding of Ur”.

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Mörner, N. (2015) The Flooding of Ur in Mesopotamia in New Perspectives. Archaeological Discovery, 3, 26-31. doi: 10.4236/ad.2015.31003.

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