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Ever wonder if old archaeological excavations were really like they are portrayed in the movies?

Find out.

Help us document a 1922-1934 excavation by reading and transcribing letters, field notes, and reports from the dig in southern Iraq.

The site of Ur, one of the earliest cities in the world, was jointly excavated by the British Museum and the University of Pennsylvania Museum for 12 years in the early 20th century. Despite many publications on the site, there is still much to learn. And new digital techniques mean we can get data to researchers more completely and efficiently.

We have a plethora of 90-year-old information to make digitally searchable. And we need help. With thousands of pages of typed letters and reports from the field and thousands more handwritten field notes in need of transcription, one or two research assistants just can't do the job.

Join us.

Click SIGN UP at left if you have no login (or email whafford(at)sas.upenn.edu to receive one). If you already have a login, click on TRANSCRIBE to begin.

More information on the project is available on the ABOUT page.

And remember, if you don't get an automated password email within a few days of signing up, check your spam filter as it may have gotten caught there.