National Geographic : 1930 Jan
IT IS HIS JOB TO AMUSE UR'S EXCAVATORS Zuweir comes of an African family formerly enslaved by the Arabs. He keeps the men lively by performing the part of official buffoon. Despite invasions by Semites, Sumerians, Kassites, Medes, and Persians, Mesopotamia's population is about the same to-day as it was 5,000 years ago, the only new racial type being the Negro. TO MODERN MESOPOTAMIANS, OLD WAYS ARE THE BEST WAYS An Arab mason is fashioning thevoussoir ofanarch with ametal adz similar in type to the copper adzes theSumerians used in3000 B.C. Though the arch in building was unknown toEurope until Alexander's conquests, Ur's Sumerian citizens of2zoo B.C.had doorways arched with bricks set in true voussoir fashion.