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West Asian architecture – Ancient Mesopotamian architecture

By |2018-04-13T12:56:00+00:00September 11th, 2017|Architecture, West Asia|

Mesopotamian architecture: The Ishtar Gate of ancient Babylon, built during the Neo-Babylonian period (600s BC). Now in Berlin. Mesopotamian architecture Builders in Mesopotamia always had a serious problem. There was not enough stone or wood. But there was lots and lots of clay. So their buildings were usually built of brick, or mud-brick. West Asian builders got used [...]

Making molded bricks – Mesopotamia project

By |2018-04-19T08:21:44+00:00June 11th, 2017|Art, Crafts, West Asia|

Molded bricks project: A bull from the Ishtar Gate, Babylon (600s BC) Why molded bricks? Architects in ancient Mesopotamia (West Asia) didn't have much good stone to carve, but they had plenty of clayon the riverbanks of the Tigris and the Euphrates. So instead of using stone, architects in ancient Mesopotamia often built [...]