Fun fact: the earliest museum curator we know about was a woman, Princess Ennigaldi of Ur, whose museum catalogued artifacts from earlier Babylonian and surrounding cultures. Her father, King Nabonidus, was the first known archaeologist.

Ennigaldi, who lived in the mid-6th century BCE, meticulously labeled each item in her museum - in three languages! - and took great care to preserve them; some of her collection dated back at least 1500 years.

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When she wasn't running her museum, Ennigaldi-Nanna was also High Priestess of Ur and ran a school for priestesses. (She was a pretty accomplished lady!)

Her brother was the Belshazzar of the Old Testament (from the story of the Writing on the Wall); at the time of the story, he was regent in his father's place, since Nabonidus was often out of the city on expeditions.

@noelle That's kind of nuts! There were no Bronze Age museums that we know of? That actually kind of hurts my head.

@noelle @enkiv2 I just frigging love imagining these archaeologists at Ur slowly catching on like "wait a second..."

@noelle @enkiv2 also the deep-timeyness of it, like, this ancient civilization has its own ancient relics

@nev @noelle @enkiv2 Yes! Like a comment I see now and then that a person who lived in ancient Egypt could have been surrounded by ancient Egyptian ruins.

@naga @nev @enkiv2 And did! It's common to give perspective to history students by pointing out that to someone living at the time of the Ptolemies, the pyramids at Giza were farther back in history (~2500 years) than the Ptolemies are to us (~2000 years).

@noelle it's absolutely insane how old civilization is, and even more insane how old everything else is

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