Some Heavy Lifting

Lab Note #13
Mar 17, 2014

The Bull Colossus floating down the Tigris on a Kelek (by F. C. Cooper). In: Ausin Henry Layard and the Rediscovery of Assyria

Keleks-wooden rafts held afloat by inflated goat skins - have not been much seen since the 1930s. In 1847, Layard used keleks to float 30-ton Lamassu (human-headed winged bulls) downriver from Nineva to the port at Basra. They now grace the British Museum. With the help of N. Horsley, we will wing our own way to Basra!

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