On exhibit in the British Museum in London lies a very special ancient clay tablet. The 3,766-year-old artifact dates back to Mesopotamia – specifically, to a city-state known as Ur. And etched into its face, the tablet has a message – one that fascinatingly expresses its inscriber’s profound displeasure.

It was a British man called Sir Leonard Woolley who, at the start of the 1900s, most famously investigated the site of Ur. And as a result of his meticulous means of research, Woolley is thought of as a pivotal figure within contemporary archaeology. The archaeologist made multiple discoveries at Ur and helped construct a clearer image of what the city-state was once like.

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