In autumn 1927 Woolley's team continued excavating the burial ground. Two months later they began to find astonishing things.

Another three hundred graves were revealed but four were very different from the rest.

These were not just pits but tombs, often with several rooms. There were many bodies buried in them surrounded by spectacular objects. Woolley called these the 'Royal tombs'.

Woolley's discovery made headlines all over the world. It was the first time that so many objects like this had been found in Mesopotamia. The discoveries changed the public view of Mesopotamian archaeology and culture.

With more to discover, the sixth season had to end in mid-February 1928. Everybody looked forward to new discoveries later that year.

The objects below are just a few of those Woolley found in the 'Royal tombs'.

Necklace Cylinder seal Amulet
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