- Publisher: WW Norton & Co
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 13mm | 204g
- Publication date: 1 April 1965
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0393002926
- ISBN 13: 9780393002928
- Sales rank: 446,927
The idea that Egypt was the earliest civilization has been entirely exploded. The Sumerians had reached a very high level of culture by 3500 B.C.E., and may be said with some justice to be the forerunners of all the Old World civilizations of Egypt, Assyria, Asia Minor, Crete, and Greece. This book will appeal to everyone interested in the early history of humankind.
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Sir Charles Leonard Woolley, as leader of the joint expedition of the University of Pennsylvania Museum and the British Museum, directed important excavations on the site of Ur of the Chaldees, a famous city long buried in the desert sand of Mesopotamia.