Biblical scholars have long debated whether the Tower of Babel really existed. Now, a remarkable stone tablet never before shown on film appears to settle that question.A privately-owned stone tablet, dating back to the 6th century B.C., which was discovered in Babylon about 100 years ago.
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The tablet’s significance recently was uncovered by Dr. Andrew George, Professor of Babylonian at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
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Inscribed into the tablet are the bas-reliefs of an ancient Mesopotamian stepped tower and the figure of King Nebuchadnezzar II (604–561 BC), as well as the text, “The secret totemic tower of the city of Babylon,” and an account identical to that in Genesis of how the tower was constructed.
Looking at the depiction and assuming a height of 7-8m per course, I would estimate the overall height to be 80m – 90m.
This would make it one of the few skyscrapers of antiquity (along with the Giza pyramids and the Lighthouse of Alexandria). The new find also seems to confirm that the tower was in fact the ziggurat Etemenanki “temple of the foundation of heaven and earth”.