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Ziggurats

.By 4000 BC. Eridu. Made out of mud bricks


When
archaeologists
excavate
platforms like the
one at Eridu they
find foundations
of buildings
underneath each
other going back
through time.
The homes of the gods to be higher than their own
houses.
The remains of mud-brick temples at Uruk.

Some of the buildings excavated at Uruk date


to around 3200 B.C. Some buildings had
foundations of stone: a rare and expensive
material in Sumer.
The Sumerians believed the gods came from the
mountains. Some people think that the temples were
built on platforms to look like mountains.
A brick
stamped with
the titles of
King Ur-
Nammu. (A
dog walked
across the
damp brick)
Ur-Nammu, ruler of Ur, ca.3000 BC
New Ziggurates!
All that remains of the towering ziggurat at Babylon is
a muddy ditch full of reeds.
The Kassite ziggurat at Dur Kurigalzu
(14th century B.C.)
with the lower platform restored.
A
Mesopotamian
Myth
about how and why(
humans were
)created
THE STORY
OF THE
GODS…
Tiamat
Marduk
The epic
of
Gilgamesh
on clay
stone, in
Cuneiform