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Myths, Floods and Archaeology of the Ancient Middle East

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Material Information

Title: Myths, Floods and Archaeology of the Ancient Middle East
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Sullivan, Jennifer
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Gilgamesh
Ballard, Robert
Noah
Woolley, Leonard
Oral Histories
Floods
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This thesis explores textual resources and material traces to evaluate the significance of mythology for archaeology, to gain a more robust anthropological understanding of how humans understood, and understand, the world around them. A great flood, for instance, would have been reconciled with the survivor�s world-view. Leonard Woolley's 1920s find of a flood layer in the Sumerian city of Ur, and Robert Ballard�s 1990s finds in the Black Sea, exhibiting the ancient shoreline of a freshwater lake flooded by the Mediterranean, provide supporting material evidence. This thesis will also consider oral traditions recorded in the flood-related passages of Tablet XI of the Epic of Gilgamesh and the flood story of Noah from Genesis 6-9. Their commonalities support an assumption that they originate from either the same source or very similar redactions, possibly linked to the same event. The Middle East is the setting for these stories and source events, and its varying landscape shaped lives and legends. This thesis is not trying to prove one theory or story right or wrong, but is presenting a scholarly evaluation on the possible links and origins of Mesopotamian flood myths with the support of material evidence to comment on the use of oral traditions.
Statement of Responsibility: by Jennifer Sullivan
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Baram, Uzi

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Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 S9
System ID: NCFE004026:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE004026/00001

Material Information

Title: Myths, Floods and Archaeology of the Ancient Middle East
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Sullivan, Jennifer
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Gilgamesh
Ballard, Robert
Noah
Woolley, Leonard
Oral Histories
Floods
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This thesis explores textual resources and material traces to evaluate the significance of mythology for archaeology, to gain a more robust anthropological understanding of how humans understood, and understand, the world around them. A great flood, for instance, would have been reconciled with the survivor�s world-view. Leonard Woolley's 1920s find of a flood layer in the Sumerian city of Ur, and Robert Ballard�s 1990s finds in the Black Sea, exhibiting the ancient shoreline of a freshwater lake flooded by the Mediterranean, provide supporting material evidence. This thesis will also consider oral traditions recorded in the flood-related passages of Tablet XI of the Epic of Gilgamesh and the flood story of Noah from Genesis 6-9. Their commonalities support an assumption that they originate from either the same source or very similar redactions, possibly linked to the same event. The Middle East is the setting for these stories and source events, and its varying landscape shaped lives and legends. This thesis is not trying to prove one theory or story right or wrong, but is presenting a scholarly evaluation on the possible links and origins of Mesopotamian flood myths with the support of material evidence to comment on the use of oral traditions.
Statement of Responsibility: by Jennifer Sullivan
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Baram, Uzi

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 S9
System ID: NCFE004026:00001

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