'Ram in the thicket'

As the workmen were digging in one corner of the 'Great death pit', they uncovered an object made of gold and lapis lazuli.

It was in the shape of a large goat standing upright with its front hooves resting on the branches of a plant. It lay face up in the earth but it had been crushed flat by the weight of soil which had buried it.

Soon after, an almost identical object was found nearby. It lay on its side in the earth, completely crushed.

Woolley called both these objects the 'Ram in the thicket'.

Locator Site photograph

Why did Woolley call them the 'Ram in the thicket'?

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