Ur vs. Herculaneum


If you happened to live in Southern Mesopotamia sometime between 3800 BCE and 450 BCE, Ur was THE place to be! As a resident of this important and prosperous port city, located close to where the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers empty into the Persian Gulf, you would have enjoyed wealth and comforts unseen in other Mesopotamian cities. Will Ur still be the city that wows in the ArchaeoMadness showdown?


As an archaeological site that represents a precise moment in time, Herculaneum gives us a rare glimpse of ancient life and society in the Roman world. The wealth of information modern archaeologists have gained from the site came at a heavy price for the city's citizens, as the town was buried in pyroclastic flows when Mount Vesuvius erupted in in 79 AD. Hopefully Herculaneum will have a better fate today and won't get “buried” by the competition in ArchaeoMadness.

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