The temple was named for Enki, who was the Sumerian god of freshwater, wisdom and magic and is usually illustrated surrounded by or holding water and fish. It was located at the southeast side of the city. Woolley found brick inscriptions and a copper figurine that dated the original construction of the temple to Amar-Sin, the third king of the Third Dynasty of Ur (ca. 2220 BCE). The temple was a rectangle measuring 41 meters long by 23 meters a single structure composed of a courtyard, a sanctuary and 19 rooms and narrow chambers.