National Geographic : 1930 Jan
UR-NAMMU BUILT THE ZIGGURAT, HIS GREATEST MONUMENT, 400 YEARS BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS BORN Arabs are filing up and down its triple stairway. A similar spectacle was probably common 5,ooo years ago, when processions of the Moon God's priests and a stream of worshipers went up and down the stairs and across the tree-set terraces to the jeweled sanctuary that crowned the tower. The Ziggurat measures more than 200 feet in length and 150 feet in breadth. The building has a core of solidmud bricks with askin ofinscribed burnt bricks eight feet thick. All the burnt bricks are stamped with the name of Ur-Nammu (see text, page 114). Inthe sides are "weeper" holes for the purpose of drainage. Had they not been made, the damp absorbed by the core from the upper levels would have burst the burnt-brick skin.