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MUD AS A BUILDING MATERIAL.

we are so familiar with on the Assyrian sculptures. There is the same repetition of crenelated wall and tower, and constructed of the same material. I said to myself, "These men, in the present

PSM V41 D793 Stone door lasgird.jpg
Fig. 1.—Stone Door, Lasgird.

day, are building an old Assyrian wall of fortification." Such defenses must have begun at a very early date in Mesopotamia, long before the sculptures were produced from which we know what they were in appearance, and their construction