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AIA Norton Lecture - The Ark Before Noah

Lecture | November 9 | 7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Dr Irving Finkel, Assistant Keeper of the Department of the Middle East, The British Museum

Archaeological Institute of America - San Francisco Society

Dr Irving Finkel reveals how decoding the symbols on a 4,000 year old piece of clay enable a radical new interpretation of the Noah's Ark myth. One day in 2008, a single, modest-sized Babylonian cuneiform tablet - the palm-sized clay rectangles on which our ancestors created the first documents, arrived at the British Museum. It had been brought in by a member of the public and this particular tablet proved to be of quite extraordinary importance. Not only does it date from about 1850 BC, but it is a copy of the Babylonian Story of the Flood, a myth from ancient Mesopotamia revealing among other things, instructions for building a large boat to survive a flood. This lecture decodes the story of the flood based on the tablet and other evidence.