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Ancient tablet found in Iraq describes round Noah's ark

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posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 05:15 PM
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Irving Finkel, curator in charge of cuneiform clay tablets at the British Museum, holds a 4,000-year-old clay tablet containing the story of the Ark and the flood during the launch of his book 'The Ark Before Noah' on Friday, at the British Museum in London. The book tells how he decoded the story of the Flood and offers a new understanding of the Old Testament's central narratives and how the flood story entered into it.




LONDON — It was a vast boat that saved two of each animal and a handful of humans from a catastrophic flood.

But forget all those images of a long vessel with a pointy bow — the original Noah's ark, new research suggests, was round.

A recently deciphered 4,000-year-old clay tablet from ancient Mesopotamia — modern-day Iraq — reveals striking new details about the roots of the Old Testament tale of Noah. It tells a similar story, complete with detailed instructions for building a giant round vessel known as a coracle — as well as the key instruction that animals should enter “two by two.”



The tablet records a Mesopotamian god's instructions for building a giant vessel — two-thirds the size of a soccer field in area — made of rope, reinforced with wooden ribs and coated in bitumen.


The ancient tablet was brought to Finkel just a few years ago by a man whose father acquired it from the Middle East after WWII. An ancient story of a deluge wiping out man kind is nothing new but this story describes an ark being round, which according to Finkel makes sense stating that round boats were able to withstand dangerous seas by bobbing around.



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posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 05:27 PM
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Wow! Great find and thanks so much for posting.

In the past decade or more, so many amazing things have come to light about the earth's history. It's fascinating to be living in a time where the truth is coming to light.

As an archaeological tour director, I've seen some amazing relics, artifacts, and documents... and am evermore convinced we know only a smidgeon of the history of man.



posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 05:27 PM
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