Under this tab I will include pages that describe various names and terms likely to be encountered in the letters and especially the notes that may not be well understood in non-specialist circles and thus difficult to recognize or transcribe.
Names of people involved with Ur will help in reading signatures, names of Babylonians and Sumerians who might appear in the notes will also help in recognition. Woolley also had a kind of code for his excavation areas that will be explained in a page here. He tended to assign two letter designations (though as many as four were sometimes used) and these are imporant for sorting the notes by area of excavation.
In some cases, archaeological words might be necessary, and perhaps a mention of his typologies (usually incorporating abbreviations such as RC for Royal Cemetery). And of course, the letter U is often used to designate Ur, such as in field numbers of objects and photos having a leading U. Woolley also excavated Tell al-Ubaid in the second season, that site tends to get the abbreviation TO.
This is a work in progress: I do not yet have all the troublesome terms laid out in pages. Please bear with me. And if you have questions, just note them in brackets or in the discussion page and I'll try to get to them and correct the bracketed transcription.
The pages under this header might appear in the lower right corner of your screen, so be sure to check there.