National Geographic : 1930 Jan
IN UR'S HEYDAY THE GREAT COURTYARD, NOW UNDER EXCAVATION, MADE AN IMPOSING APPROACH TO THE ZIGGURAT Storerooms line it on three sides. Since the Moon God was a great landowner, his tenants, as wellasworshipers, came tothe temple topay rents and tithes in kind, coined money being unknown. Here the countrymen brought their cattle, sheep, and goats, their donkeys laden with sacks of barley, with jars of oil and rounds of cheese, clay pots of clarified butter, and bales of wool. The temple servants checked and weighed everything, and the scribes, making out receipts on tablets of damp clay, handed one to the clamoring peasants and filed the duplicate inthe temple archives.