"To be ignorant of the past is to be forever a child." -Cicero
This ceramic brick is inscribed in cuneiform with the name of Nebuchadnezzar II, who is mentioned some 90 times in the Bible (e.g. Ezra 1:7). Ancient kings often used inscribed bricks in their building projects. This one was originally made in c. 604-562 BC and was found in the ruins of ancient Babylon during excavations in 1927. It reads, "Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, Guardian of the temples of Esagila and Ezida, Firstborn son of Nabopolasser, king of Babylon."
According to a report in The Orcadian, a figurine unearthed on the largest of the Orkney Islands in the 1860s has been rediscovered in a box at Stromness Museum. Dubbed the “Skara Brae Buddo,” the 5,000-year-old figurine, carved from a piece of whalebone, was originally found in the remains of a house in the Neolithic village.
Uruk was one of the most important cities in ancient Mesopotamia. According to the Sumerian King List, it was founded by King Enmerkar c. 4500 BCE. The city of Uruk is most famous for its great king Gilgamesh and the epic tale of his quest for immortality, and also for a number of `firsts’ in the development of civilization which occurred there. It is considered the first true city in the world. (Info by Joshua J. Mark) -- AHE
The Gupta Dynasty, founded by Chandragupta I, ruled in North Central India between the 4th and 6th centuries CE and the period is considered a golden age of artistic accomplishment. The Guptas were the first architects of purpose-built Hindu temples. These temples were often dedicated to all the Hindu gods. Unfortunately, relatively few of the large number of Gupta temples built have survived. -- AHE