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Paul Sargeant Paul Sargeant | 19:44 UK time, Tuesday, 2 February 2010

A Musician from the Standard of UrRemember me extolling the virtues of deep-zoom a week or so ago with the swimming reindeer? Well, if you didn't try it then you really need to go and zoom in on the Standard of Ur. You can see all four sides of mosaics close-up by clicking on the images under the main photo. Use the + and - buttons to zoom in and out.

The mosaics are amazing. The jagged, blue stones in the background really give an illusion of depth to the scenes. Spotters badges for those who can find the startled-looking fisherman, the first recorded hit and run incident and a man and a boy trying to get a goat drunk. Any other hidden highlights that I've missed?


  • Comment number 1.

    The scene with the goat reminds me of the bible story of the burning bush, when Abraham is commanded to sacrifice his son as a test of faith, then is told to dacrifice a goat.I think the cup is to collect the blood. It also reminds me of a similar golden statue of a goat caught in thorns. This is a really fascinating project,love the radio programmes,it brings these things and ideas to people like myself far from London. Thanks and congratulations to you all.

  • Comment number 2.

    I would just like to say thank you for an amazing series - the programmes have me spellbound .

  • Comment number 3.

    I am really hooked on the series-it gives such a good overview of how mankind developed in different regions throughout the world. Would love to know more on how the same strands appear in areas so far appart with no known contact between the groups. Makes us realise how much we still don't know. Thanks Paul for the tip on zooming in on the objects-see far more than looking at them in a glass case.

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    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?


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