Monday, May 05, 2003

The Tomb of Gilgamesh Found?

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. 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," said Jorg Fassbinder, of the Bavarian department of Historical Monuments in Munich. We covered more than 100 hectares. We have found garden structures and field structures as described in the epic, and we found Babylonian houses."

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

See also: http://www.wsu.edu/~dee/MESO/GILG.HTM