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Pottery and other distinctive material enabled the deposits to be assigned to successive periods. Deep soundings at Ur, Uruk, and Kish produced the same three distinctive styles of prehistoric pottery, of which that found at al ‘Ubaid was the earliest. Following this in time was unpainted pottery characteristic of the main occupation at Warka (ancient Uruk). Here a team from the Deutsche Orientgesellschaft was uncovering temples decorated with spectacular cone mosaics, written tablets and seals, and beautiful sculptures.
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