SIR C. LEONARD WOOLLEY'S 1922 excavation of the Royal Cemetery of Ur—a Sumerian site located in modern-day Iraq—was, by early 20th-century standards, a major media event. Thomas Edward Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia, who had achieved fame for his dashing exploits during the Arab Revolt several years earlier, helped to organize the expedition. British mystery writer Agatha Christie paid a visit to the site and penned Murder in Mesopotamia as a tribute (she would later marry Woolley's assistant). All this fuss over a box with a picture of a wheel on it.