Illustration depicting an ideal reconstruction of Hanging Gardens, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, located in the city of Ninive according to the most recent investigations. Made for the historical magazine Arqueología e
t has been suggested that balbal is derived from the Turkic word baba, meaning ‘father’ or ‘ancestor’. Generally speaking, balbals are pieces of stone or wood stuck into the ground. They would often depict a human figure.