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Field Note tags

This is a list of the standardized tags currently used to organize and identify the field notes within the Royal Cemetery Notes, Woolley’s General Notes, Woolley’s Miscellaneous Notes, and Mallowan Field Notes. For tags identifying the excavation areas the field notes pertain to, please see the “Excavation Areas” under “Terminology.”

PG#: Private Grave #’s that Woolley assigned to the excavated private graves in the general area of the Royal Cemetery. The tag indicates what private grave a field note pertains to, and thus what was found within each corresponding grave.

G#: Grave #’s that Woolley assigned to the excavated graves in the Abraham’s Housing excavation area. The tag indicates what grave a field note pertains to, and thus what was found within each corresponding grave.

House #: Designation numbers Woolley assigned to the excavated “houses” of the residential area of the Abraham’s Housing excavation area. The tag indicates what house a field note pertains to, and thus what was found within each corresponding house. These are the original house numbers, later changed in publication. Correlations will be made within the database so that later house numbering will call up these notes as well.

drawing: Identifies the presence of drawings of artifacts within the field notes.

jewelry: Identifies drawings of jewelry (i.e. beads, rings, bracelets, necklaces, diadem, etc.) and head ornamentation, often found adorning the bodies in the graves.

tool: Identifies drawings of metallurgical tools, including blades used domestically and as weaponry.

plan: Drawings of a top-down map (floor plan) of a building, tomb, or other geographical space. It often indicates the position of artifacts in the way they were discovered.

section: Drawing of architectural or stratigraphic features in the vertical dimension (not looking down but from the side).

sketch: Sub-category of drawing or plan, indicating unclear drawings often unidentifiable as to what was intended to be represented. These were often used by the excavators to get things clear in their head and were not meant to be accurate.

intro: A “precursory” field note that identifies the nature of subsequent field notes, often just a few words indicating the excavation areas.

khan:“The Khan”, a designation Woolley gave to a particularly large house in area AH, possibly House 22, though that is unconfirmed at the moment. This house, later numbered 11 Paternoster Row, was originally interpreted to be a caravanserai, a place where traveling merchants might meet, stabling their animals on the lower floors and staying or doing business on the upper floor/s. Woolley interpreted this building as having three stories. He later decided it was not a Khan/caravanserai and his analysis of the height of the building has been called into serious question.

school house: Identifies excavations in an area of the Abraham’s Housing excavation site that was believed to be a school house. This was probably House 27 and in it were found as many as 2000 tablets or fragments thereof. Only about 350 are now known and many of these texts are jumbled, probably thrown into the building after its use as fill, not having been used within it as a library or school.