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Clare Hall Anniversary Lecture Series: 'The Ark before Noah'
Fri 18 November 2016, 18:00 – 19:00 GMT
On Friday 18 November at 6pm Dr Iving Finkel, Department of the Middle East, The British Museum will deliver a lecture entitled:
'The Ark Before Noah'
This illustrated lecture will discuss the nature and implications of a remarkable cuneiform tablet from ancient Babylonia that was brought to the British Museum for identification and proved to be an unknown part of the Mesopotamian version of the Flood Story. The tablet contained 60 lines of text which included full details of the shape and appearance of the life-saving ark, which, according to Babylonian understanding, was a giant coracle. The specifications and construction of this vessel is described in these nearly 4000-year old instructions that they could be followed practically today. This took place in SW India, and formed the basis of a documentary film which in turn was based on the writer’s published account in The Ark before Noah.
The lecture will be followed by a wine reception. All are welcome.
This series of Anniversary Lectures for 2016 have been organised by Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes, Fellow of Clare Hall.