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Gilgamesh Tomb Believed Found
AINA/BBC ^ | 1-25-2005

Posted on 01/30/2005 2:51:03 PM PST by blam

Gilgamesh Tomb Believed Found

Posted 01-25-2005 10:02:40 (GMT 1-25-2005

(BBC) -- Archaeologists in Iraq believe they may have found the lost tomb of King Gilgamesh - the subject of the oldest "book" in history.

The Epic Of Gilgamesh - written by a Middle Eastern scholar 2,500 years before the birth of Christ - commemorated the life of the ruler of the city of Uruk, from which Iraq gets its name.

Now, a German-led expedition has discovered what is thought to be the entire city of Uruk - including, where the Euphrates once flowed, the last resting place of its famous King.

"I don't want to say definitely it was the grave of King Gilgamesh, but it looks very similar to that described in the epic," Jorg Fassbinder, of the Bavarian department of Historical Monuments in Munich, told the BBC World Service's Science in Action programme.

Magnetic

In the book - actually a set of inscribed clay tablets - Gilgamesh was described as having been buried under the Euphrates, in a tomb apparently constructed when the waters of the ancient river parted following his death.

"We found just outside the city an area in the middle of the former Euphrates river? the remains of such a building which could be interpreted as a burial," Mr Fassbinder said.

He said the amazing discovery of the ancient city under the Iraqi desert had been made possible by modern technology.

"By differences in magnetisation in the soil, you can look into the ground," Mr Fassbinder added.

"The difference between mudbricks and sediments in the Euphrates river gives a very detailed structure."

This creates a magnetogram, which is then digitally mapped, effectively giving a town plan of Uruk.

'Venice in the desert'

"The most surprising thing was that we found structures already described by Gilgamesh," Mr Fassbinder stated.

"We covered more than 100 hectares. We have found garden structures and field structures as described in the epic, and we found Babylonian houses."

But he said the most astonishing find was an incredibly sophisticated system of canals.

"Very clearly, we can see in the canals some structures showing that flooding destroyed some houses, which means it was a highly developed system.

"[It was] like Venice in the desert."


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KEYWORDS: archaeology; archeology; believed; blacksea; blackseaflood; epicofgilgamesh; found; ggg; gilgamesh; godsgravesglyphs; grandcanyon; greatflood; history; iraq; iraqhistory; noah; noahsflood; tomb; tombofgilgamesh
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Abraham was from the seaside town of Ur, it is presently about 100 miles inland. I'll see if I can find a map of Uruk.
1 posted on 01/30/2005 2:51:03 PM PST by blam
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To: SunkenCiv
GGG Ping.

Found this:

Ancient Uruk


2 posted on 01/30/2005 2:53:45 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

This is not a new story. I used it in a report I gave in the fall. They have discovered this a while ago.

It is a very interesting discovery.


3 posted on 01/30/2005 2:54:59 PM PST by Snapple
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To: blam

Opps, I thought you said Gragamel... :D
4 posted on 01/30/2005 3:00:03 PM PST by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com/)
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To: blam
Gilgamesh !!!!!!

That Guy Still Owes Me Money!
5 posted on 01/30/2005 3:00:17 PM PST by cmsgop
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To: Echo Talon

Gargamel even...


6 posted on 01/30/2005 3:00:40 PM PST by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com/)
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To: blam
If I remember my comparative literature from over 40 years ago I believe The Epic Of Gilgamesh told a story of a great flood and that it was a work thought to corroborate the Bible. Am I correct? If so, I would love to hear if they found anything else related to the flood story.
7 posted on 01/30/2005 3:01:01 PM PST by Cornpone (Aging Warrior -- Aim High -- Hit'em in the Head)
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To: Snapple

Ancient Sumer

8 posted on 01/30/2005 3:01:20 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
I always thought the oldest Book was about Beer, and that it had a recipe for Beer as well as a story about the downfall of a leader because he got drunk and was easy pickings for a practitioner of the oldest profession, is it the same book?
9 posted on 01/30/2005 3:01:31 PM PST by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: blam

The ancient Sumerians (Gilgamesh was Sumerian) dug irrigation ditches all over their land and these were also used as roads--as in Venice.

The city was also called Warka and there is a very famous Warka Vase in the Bagdhad Museum. It was stolen during the American invasion, but the boys who stole it were forced to bring it back by their mother. She found it under their bed and said she would kill herself if they didn't take it right back. So they did.

The Warka Vase is like the Rosetta Stone for Iraq. It is an early example of storytelling in pictures. IT is a tall vase with comicbook like frames that show pictues about the culture, agriculture, religion.


10 posted on 01/30/2005 3:02:35 PM PST by Snapple
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...a German-led expedition has discovered what is thought to be the entire city of Uruk ...

Is that where the Uruk Hai come from?


11 posted on 01/30/2005 3:03:01 PM PST by FReepaholic (Proud FReeper since 1998. Proud monthly donor.)
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To: Cornpone

That is one theory that has been posited in an attempt to explain the otherwise supernatural characteristics of "the flood." No one knows for sure, though.


12 posted on 01/30/2005 3:04:52 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Liberals are blind. They are the dupes of Leftists who know exactly what they're doing.)
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To: blam

I thought the Germans were too scared to be in Iraq.


13 posted on 01/30/2005 3:06:00 PM PST by xrp (Executing assigned posting duties flawlessly -- ZERO mistakes)
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To: Snapple
..there's no such thing as OLD HISTORY...only a liberal, wouldn't understand. :))
14 posted on 01/30/2005 3:06:59 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: Cornpone
"I believe The Epic Of Gilgamesh told a story of a great flood and that it was a work thought to corroborate the Bible. Am I correct?"

Yes/no. The Gilgamesh flood story predates the Bibical story. There are at least five different flood stories in this region. One predates the Gilgamesh story by at least five hundred years.

The Flood Of Noah And The Flood Of Gilgamesh

15 posted on 01/30/2005 3:07:01 PM PST by blam
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To: TexasTransplant

Outside of religious texts, the Bible etc., the first recorded name in human history was that of Gilgamesh.


16 posted on 01/30/2005 3:08:43 PM PST by Land_of_Lincoln_John
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To: tscislaw

Uruk Hai is where the kids of Uruk graduated before going on to college.


17 posted on 01/30/2005 3:08:46 PM PST by Lokibob (All typos and spelling errors are mine and copyrighted!!!!)
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To: blam

Thank you.


18 posted on 01/30/2005 3:09:15 PM PST by Cornpone (Aging Warrior -- Aim High -- Hit'em in the Head)
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To: blam

Holy crap! If this pans out it would be one of the most signifigant finds in archaeological history!


19 posted on 01/30/2005 3:09:15 PM PST by Zeroisanumber
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To: blam

Its just a model.


20 posted on 01/30/2005 3:13:26 PM PST by raygun
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