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The Dundee Christmas Lecture

'The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the story of the flood'

In 1985, a member of the public walked into the British Museum with an ancient Babylonian clay tablet the size of a mobile phone. Dr Irving Finkel, a world expert in cuneiform tablets from Mesopotamia realised immediately that it was of enormous significance. However it was not until 2009 that Irving was able to persuade the man to leave the tablet with him to decipher. Dating from 1850BC, it is a copy of the Babylonian Story of the Flood, revealing among other things, detailed instructions for building an Ark which, it turns out, was round like a coracle. Irving went on to build the Ark and his quest was made into a BBC documentary.

A civic reception and book signing will follow the lecture.


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Date and Time:

6 December 2014 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



Dalhousie Building
University of Dundee
Old Hawkhill

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Events, University of Dundee
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