Sumerian tablets were copied and
re-written down to about 200 AD
There is both epigraphical and
archaeological grounds for believing that Ziusudra (the Sumerian name
for Noah) was a real prehistoric ruler of a well-known
city, the site of which (Shuruppak, or the modern-day mound of Fara) has
been archaeologically identified.
Mallowan, “Noah’s Flood Reconsidered”, Iraq
26 (1964): 69; and H. P. Martin, Fara: a
Reconstruction of the Ancient Mesopotamian
City of Shuruppak (Birmingham:
Martin Associates, 1988), 113.