Assuming that Noah, on starting from Ramadi, drifted

TCD MS 3414 folio 10 recto

TCD MS 3414 folio 10 recto

[1915]

is believed to be on reclaimed land. Lower Mesopotamia is always, even now, flooded from 1st March to July every year: it is also possible that the floods in years gone by could have attained a depth of over 30 feet. Now assuming that Noah on starting from Ramadi drifted by way of the right bank of the Tigris, it is quite possible that he would meet with no mound or hill until he reached the Shatt-el-Hai <river>. The flood tide as well as the north westerly wind which is today always experienced during the flood months, would after 150 days (Gen 8.v.3) about; bring the Ark to Wasit hill near Hai, which hill is about 100 feet high & is the accepted place of the grounding of the Ark. In 1906 Professor W[illia]m Smith while digging at Nefat nearby, discovered the Deluge Tablet which when translated from Cufic proved to be the story of the Ark as narrated in Genesis. It will be remembered also that a raven was sent out & later a dove who returned with an olive branch; today these trees are only found in one place in Mesopotamia namely Nasarieh near Hai: & presuming Noah embarked with his family & domestic animals early in March, <after> 150 days at the mercy of flood & wind, would bring him to exactly that time of the year when the floods subside today, July.