|Figure from Layard's 1853 book |
Discoveries among the ruins of Nineveh and Babylon.
Image Courtesy of the Ohio History Connection Archaeology Blog.
Brad Lepper, of the Ohio History Connection Archaeology Blog, has written an informative post about a likely inspiration for the design of the Newark Decalogue Stone, one of "a series of archaeological forgeries created during the mid-to-late 19th century".
"we had not been able to find where the forgers had gotten the idea for the unique shape of the Decalogue Stone. After years of fruitless searching, I chanced upon Martin Carver’s book Sutton Hoo: burial ground of kings? where I came across the following passage:"