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Unformatted text preview: clay wall creating a zigzag like pattern. 7. Constructed from dried brick made with bitumen (black sticky, similar to asphalt), reed matting or rope. The exterior was finished with a weather-resistant kiln fired brick. 8. Built on a rectangular base the ziggurat rises with inward sloping walls in a series of stepped platforms, ending in a high temple at the top. One central flight of stairs connects the temple to the ground. 9. The Ziggurat at Ur was essentially designed to elevate the temple to the gods so that the gods may descend from the heavens and ensure prosperity. The temple’s elevation may also been to protect it from flood waters. 10. The second and third tiers have since been destroyed. This is all that remains....
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- Spring '08
- Sumer, ziggurat, forty-foot, Michelle Harris, bent axis, inward sloping walls