This is the Flood Tablet, so called because this fragment is very similar to the story of Noah’s Ark. The tablet was made around 2,600 years ago, and discovered in the north of what is now modern Iraq. It’s written in cuneiform script – one of the earliest forms of writing, composed of wedge-shaped marks. An assistant at the Museum, George Smith, first translated the tablet in 1872. On realising the link with Noah’s Ark he apparently ‘jumped up and rushed about the room in a great state of excitement, and, to the astonishment of those present, began to undress himself.'
The tablet was part of the Library of Ashurbanipal – an attempt by the Neo-Assyrian King Ashurbanipal to collect all the knowledge in the world. #cuneiform #Ashurbanipal #history #library #writing