The Lost Gardens of Babylon

Who Built Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Deciphering Ancient Cuneiform Text

Dr. Stephanie Dalley, an expert on the ancient cuneiform texts, is one of a handful of people who can read this language which dates back to the Babylonian era. Her translation of the cuneiform on a prism at the British Museum, leads her to an intriguing theory about the location, builder, and look of the Hanging Garden. What did the prism reveal that caused Dr. Dalley “to reassess everything we thought we knew about the hanging garden of Babylon”? If the gardens were not built in Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar, then where were they built and by whom?

Secret of the Dead: The Lost Gardens of Babylon, premiering Tuesday, May 6 at 9-10 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings).