Pittman, director of the Lagash Archaeological Project, stands in the bedroom door of a collapsed dig house where she had stayed during previous fieldwork. On this trip, in December 2018, she and project manager Zaid Alrawi visited a few sites starting with Lagash. Image: Courtesey of Lagash Archaeological Project.

January 24, 2023

At a southern Iraq site, unearthing the archaeological passing of time, excavations at Lagash led by Penn’s Holly Pittman have resulted in the discovery of urban neighborhoods, tens of thousands of pottery sherds, and much more.

Penn Today | by Michele W. Berger | January 23, 2023

When Holly Pittman and colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania and University of Pisa returned to Lagash in the fall of 2022 for a fourth season, they knew they’d find more than ceramic fragments and another kiln. With high-tech tools in hand, the team precisely located trenches to excavate a variety of features of a non-elite urban neighborhood from one of southwest Asia’s earliest cities.

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Holly Pittman and a team of researchers studying the archaeological site of Lagash, seen at bottom center, hypothesize that the ancient city was likely a significant population center that had ready access to fertile land and people dedicated to intensive. Image: Courtesy of Lagash Archaeological Project.