A team of Austrian scientists says it has discovered exactly
what the Tower of Babel would have looked like.
Their research is based on another ancient tower situated at
the Sumerian town of Borsippa, 120 kilometres south of Baghdad.
The Bible says descendants of Noah tried to build the equivalent
of a skyscraper to reach heaven. According to the Book of Genesis, their plans were frustrated by
God, angered by their arrogance.
What the Tower of Babel actually looked like is something which
has puzzled the archaeologists for years.
Clue from writings
But now a team from Austria believes it has found the answer
through excavations of a ruined tower in the Iraqi desert.
"The conclusion may be that from the details studied here we can
say what the dimensions of the Tower of Babel were.
We know the
height of every stage and we are able to conclude the size of the
whole tower," says archaeologist Wilfred Alliger-Csollich.
The main clues came from writings found on the side of the
building which quote King Nebuchadnezzar, who ordered its
construction some 2,500 years ago, in the 570s BC.
He declared the tower should reach the skies and be similar to
the one he had already erected in Babylon. In fact, he restored an
existing ziggurat, and wrote describing its ruinous state: