Join Irving Finkel, the bestselling author of The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood, to find out how he discovers and deciphers text from clay tablets to reveal ancient Mesopotamia.
As Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian artefacts at the British Museum, Irving is able to use his familiarity with ancient writings preserved in museums across the globe to recreate a vanished world in his novels.
Travel back 4,000 years with him to a time when writing was in the world’s oldest script, cuneiform and find out about the background to his latest novel The Writing in the Stone, a blood-curdling story of madness and mayhem and murder in ancient Assyria.
Dr Irving Finkel is Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and cultures at the British Museum, London. In the course of his work, he discovered a cuneiform tablet that contained a flood narrative similar to the story of Noah’s ark in the Bible, described in his bestselling book for adults, The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood (Hodder). His other books include The Writing in the Stone (Medina Press) and The Lifeboat That Saved the World (Thames and Hudson).