National Geographic : 1916 Feb
;r i i~~il / i" ,q, vuucrwuuuo un ucrwuu THE ANCIENT CITY OF NIPPUR, RESCUED FROM OBLIVION BY AMERICAN EXCAVATORS The problem of knowing where to begin digging in the exploration of an ancient city site cannot be solved; the student of ancient geography has to trust that far to chance. If, in his first excavations, he happens to dig into the ruins of some great public building of the ancients, his problem is very much. simpli fied. This picture shows the work of excavation after the explorer has struck "pay dirt," so to speak.