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Sumerian Graves > The Sumerians - Queen Pu-Abi > Sumerian Graves  |  Print  |  E-mail a friend
63 people followed the king into his grave. Probably they followed voluntarily. They had no personal items or grave offerings with them in the grave, as was the custom in Mesopotamia. That's because they were the grave offerings themselves, wearing only working dresses and carrying working tools.

They all had a small cup with them. This cup contained a mixture with a strong sleeping medicine. From this we conclude that they all slept gently into death. It is likely they were proud and happy to be chosen to follow the king. A great honour.

When Queen Pu-Abi was approaching the end of her life several years later, she decided to be buried next to her husband. When the time came (in 2500 BC) her grave house was lowered into the ground just above the king's grave, so that they could be united again.

While the workers were arranging the grave of Pu-Abi, they knew that the king's grave was stationed right underneath, so they made a hole through the roof of the grave and plundered it. Then they placed the queen’s big chest with clothes above the hole so that nobody would discover the crime.

Illustration: The Royal Graves of Ur

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