Babylon: Wissenskultur in Orient und Okzident Science by Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum, Margarete van Ess, Joachim Marzahn

By Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum, Margarete van Ess, Joachim Marzahn

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These animals depict the legendary dragon-snake, the symbol of Marduk, the god of the city of Babylon (Fig. 29). Southern part of the Processional Way: The city’s main street is the Processional Way, named according to the religious processions passed thereon between the Temple of Esagila and the Akiti House (New Year’s Festival House). The southern part of the Processional Way was uncovered during the Babylon Archaeological Restoration Project excavations in 1979. Major damage is observable on the Processional Way, starting from the Nabu-sha-khare Temple to the south caused by movement of heavy vehicle.

On the eastern side of the city, one can observe the remains of the Outer Wall in the form of extended mounds. Between the mounds, there are areas from which the remains of the wall have been removed in the eastern and southern portions thereof. Some houses incorporate remnants of the Outer Wall. Encroachments have also been caused by traffic on the Hillah–Baghdad road and the secondary road parallel to the wall, which was built during the Babylon International Festival in 1987. 9. Unscientific preservation Additions and modifications have been made to numerous archaeological structures in the city, particularly the Southern Palace, the northern portion of the Processional Way, a number of temples, the eastern portion of the Inner Wall, the Babylonian Houses and the Greek Theatre.

E. Curtis). It was just beyond the line of barbed wire marking the southern boundary of the camp, quite close to the site of the ancient ziggurat Etemenanki. The purpose of this ditch was apparently defensive, to prevent vehicles from driving right up to the wire. Thrown up on the sides of the trench were piles of earth containing pottery (potsherds and at least one complete pottery vessel), bones and fragments of brick with inscriptions of Nebuchadnezzar II Then, there were about 14 ‘cuttings’, areas where topsoil had been removed, probably by a mechanical shovel, sometimes to a depth of 6 m (Fig.

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