Matthew Bogdanos

Also recovered in the bank basement was the golden helmet of Meskalamdug, first discovered by Sir Leonard Woolley at his dig of the Royal Cemetery of Ur, in southern Mesopotamia, in the 1920s. In a grave full of riches and furniture, Woolley found a skeleton and four bowls inscribed with the name Meskalamdug; the helmet was found directly behind the skull of the skeleton. It is ornately carved in the men’s hairstyle of the late Early Dynastic Period III. The grave and its contents date to approximately 2400 B.C.