Latest Ubaid period Stories

2010-04-06 12:15:00

A team of archaeologists from the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute has joined a team of Syrian colleagues in excavating a key site from the prehistoric society that formed the foundation of urban life in the ancient Middle East. The site already has yielded evidence of trade in obsidian, rich agricultural production and the development of copper processing "” all of which flourished long before people domesticated pack animals for transportation or invented the wheel. The...

2008-10-07 18:00:00

By Emma McKinney IT may be too late to save little Ubaid Ali, but today his heartbroken parents launched their own campaign urging every Birmingham Mail reader to sign up to the NHS's organ donor register to prevent more people like their son from dying. Ubaid, of Acocks Green, died aged just 15 months after failing to find a liver and small bowel donor. His parents Nyila and Zulfiqar are all too aware of the chronic shortage of donors in the UK, particularly among ethnic minorities,...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.