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The Code of Hammurabi is a well-preserved Babylonian law code, dating back to about 1772 BC. It is one of the oldest deciphered writings of significant length in the world

The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III. - Shalmaneser ruled ancient Assyria around 850 BC. One of the carved images reveals Jehu, the king of Israel bowing before the powerful monarch with his face to the ground. It is the same Jehu that is mentioned in the Bible.

The Rosetta Stone is a document that was carved in 196 B.C. and honours the Pharoah of Egypt praising him for the good things he had done for the priests and people of Egypt. The document is in three languages - Greek, Hieroglyphic and Demotic.After many years of studying the Rosetta Stone and other examples of ancient Egyptian writing, Jean-François Champollion deciphered hieroglyphs in 1822.

The Code of Hammurabi - Musée du Louvre; well-preserved Babylonian law code (first las code), dating back to about 1772 BC; "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" (lex talionis); cuneiform or wedged-shaped writing

Nimrod - Born Dec 25th. Nimrod, became a tyrannical ruler. As king, Nimrod created Babel. When Nimrod died, his wife, Queen Semiramis, deified him as the Sun-god, or Life Giver. Later he would become known as Baal, and those who followed the religion Semiramis created in his name would be called Baal worshippers. They became associated with idolatry, demon worship, human sacrifice and other practices regarded as evil.

Enclosure C, Göbekli Tepe, Turkey. Estimated to be 17000 years old from carbon dating which ties it with Puma Punku for oldest archeological sites ever unearthed.

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Breakthrough in world's oldest undeciphered writing

World oldest undeciphered writing from 3000BC

The Olmec "earliest pre-Columbian writing" dated between 1100 BCE and 900 BCE, with a set of 62 symbols, 28 of which are unique. There are also well-documented later hieroglyphs known as "Epi-Olmec", some who believe that Epi-Olmec may represent a transitional script between an earlier Olmec writing system and Mayan writing.

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Ancient Assyrian Dictionary Completed by University of Chicago Scholars

Babylonian Stone Tablet used in the research and assembly of a 21-volume dictionary of the language of ancient Mesopotamia and its Babylonian and Assyrian dialects. Unspoken for 2,000 years but preserved on clay tablets and in stone inscriptions deciphered over the last two centuries. Dictionary finally completed by scholars at the University of Chicago. There are now explanations and the ability to study Cuniform writing of the 4th millennium BC by the Sumerians of Mesopotamia. Too…

This tablet is especially important because it records Nebuchadnezzar’s first capture of Jerusalem in 597 BC and the deportation to Babylon of the king of Judah.

Victory Stele of Naram-Sin, king of Akkad. Circa 2250 BC. Brought from Sippar to Susa in the 12th century BC. Restored in 1992 AD. Displayed in the Louvre Museum, Paris.

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World's oldest map: Spanish cave has landscape from 14,000 years ago

World's oldest map: Spanish cave has landscape from 14,000 years ago. A stone tablet found in a cave in Abauntz in the Navarra region of northern Spain is believed to contain the earliest known representation of a landscape. Archaeologists have discovered what they believe is man's earliest map, dating from almost 14,000 years ago Photo: EPA

The oldest and most populated city of the ancient Assyrian Empire, Nineveh, sat on the eastern bank of the Tigris river. The city is first mentioned about 1800 BC as a center of worship of Ishtar whose cult was responsible for the city's early importance. A statue of the goddess was sent to Amenhotep III, Pharaoh of Egypt in the 14th century BC by orders of the king of Mitanni.

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10 of the world's biggest unsolved mysteries

Rongorongo is a system of mysterious glyphs discovered written on various artifacts on Easter Island. The glyphs remain undecipherable and many believe they may contain information about the statue-building Easter Island civilization.

The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III was made in the 9th century BC in ancient Assyria. It is about 6+ feet in height & is made of fine grained black limestone. The cuneiform text reads "Tribute of Jehu, son of Omri.." Jehu and Omri were Israelite kings who are referred to in the Bible (1&2 Kings). A close-up photo showing an Israelite, possibly Jehu, bowing to the king of Assyria can be seen by clicking "Read more" below. The obelisk was found in 1846 in Nimrud and is now in the British…

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Ancient Egyptian statue of Osiris, lord of the dead, who was assassinated by his brother Seth and resurrected by his sister and wife, Isis. 305-330 BC. Louvre, Paris

The Meesha Stele (846 BC) Popularly known as the Moabite Stone, it records the revolt of Meesha, King of Moab, against Israel. This incredible stele mentions Omri, King of Israel, and David of the United Monarchy. It even refers to Yahweh, the unique name of the God of Israel! Together with the testimony from the Tel Dan Stele, we have a powerful external witness that the Bible records the true history of the kings of Israel and their interactions with foreign kings.

ULTIMATE EGYPT TIMELINE - nice graphic (dates are standard, too old to correctly correspond with Bible dates)