Sumer (/ˈsmər/) was one of the ancient civilizations and historical regions in southern Mesopotamia, modern-day southern Iraq, during the Chalcolithic and the Early Bronze ages. Although the earliest specimens of writing in the region do not go back much further than c. 2500 BC, modern historians have suggested that Sumer was first permanently settled between c. 5500 and 4000 BC by a non-Semitic people who spoke the Sumerian language (pointing to the names of cities, rivers, basic occupations, etc., as evidence).

These conjectured, prehistoric people are now called "proto-Euphrateans" or "Ubaidians", and are theorized to have evolved from the Samarra culture of northern Mesopotamia (Assyria). The Ubaidians (though never mentioned by the Sumerians themselves) are assumed by modern-day scholars to have been the first civilizing force in Sumer, draining the marshes for agriculture, developing trade, and establishing industries, including weaving, leatherwork, metalwork, masonry, and pottery.

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UT Gardens’ September 2019 Plant of the Month: Rosemary

Crossville Chronicle 19 Sep 2019
Humans have been growing and using rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) for more than 5,000 years. It has been documented as far back as the ancient Sumerians who inscribed it on their stone cuneiform tablets ... Greeks and Romans grew it for medicinal, metaphysical and culinary use ... Rosemary grows best in full sun and requires excellent drainage ... • • • ... .......

Getting There: Downtowns become stronger by shedding bad habits, author says

The Spokesman-Review 09 Sep 2019
From the Sumerian city of Eridu to the modern metropolis of Spokane, our cities were scaled for humans ... thousands of years, a tried-and-true layout for cities, ancient and new ... Take an ancient Sumerian and plop them in Spokane in 1889, and they’d be able to find their way around....

Credit Through History

Gwinnett Daily Post 03 Sep 2019
MoneyTipsIt may seem like you have been paying credit card interest since 3500 BC – but you might be surprised to learn that credit actually dates back to those ancient times.Historians believe that the Sumerians of ancient Mesopotamia (in modern-day ... ....

Coming full circle

The Times of India 31 Aug 2019
We Indians love our balis. Chances are, it was the first earring you ever wore after you got your ears pierced – the standard-issue gold wire bali ... It started with Rihanna wearing them everywhere last year ... Hoops have been around for centuries and across cultures, civilisations and continents – from Sumerians to ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece ... Huggies....

In Celebration of Errors

Quillette 29 Aug 2019
Humanity’s first guesses were what we now regard as myths—the ancient Sumerians thought that Shamash, their Sun god, awaited the eastern gates to open before traveling westward across the sky every day, only to travel through the Underworld at night so that he’d return to his original location for the next morning’s travels ... Thus, progress was made....

How lotus became a symbol of purity

DNA India 25 Aug 2019
We weren’t alone in imagining a heaven peopled by many Gods, the Mayans, the Incas, The Egyptians, The Sumerians, The Chinese, The Babylonians, The Romans, The Greeks and every other ancient civilisation created her own theory of creation of the Earth and imagined a pantheon of Gods....

Ana Veciana-Suarez: JoJo for president!

Dothan Eagle 20 Aug 2019
You might also be aware of certain irrefutable facts, including but not limited to.. Pink is the color of power. Unicorns are real, if you search hard enough ... In fact, Time magazine recently devoted an entire 1,400-word piece to the history of hair bows, tracing the lineage of this adornment to the ancient Greeks, Sumerians, Egyptians and Aztecs ... ——— ... ....

Over 150 stolen artefacts recovered from Europe on display in Baghdad

Press TV 01 Aug 2019
"There is even a documentary film detailing this very important event ... Among the artefacts recovered are archaeological items dating back to at least 4,000 years ago and to the ancient Sumerian civilisation. (Source. Ruptly)  ....

Iraq displays recovered artifacts looted in 2003 US invasion

Arab News 30 Jul 2019
... include archaeological and historical items, such as pottery fragments and shards with writing dating back at least 4,000 years to the ancient Sumerian civilization....

Iraq exhibits smuggled artifacts returned from UK, Sweden

Kurdistan Media 30 Jul 2019
The artifacts were displayed at the Foreign Ministry in Baghdad. They were archaeological and historical items, such as pottery fragments and shards with writing dating back at least 4,000 years to the ancient Sumerian civilization, according to AP ... Editing by Nadia Riva ....

Iraq displays stolen artifacts recovered from UK, Sweden

This is Money 29 Jul 2019
The artifacts on display Monday at the foreign ministry in Baghdad include archaeological and historical items, such as pottery fragments and shards with writing dating back at least 4,000 years to the ancient Sumerian civilization ... back to the ancient Sumerian civilization....

Towering Pride: What the Story of the Tower of Babel Can Teach Us

Catholic Standard 29 Jul 2019
Other (i.e., non-biblical) ancient texts seem to confirm this. For example, there is a Sumerian tablet that tells the story of a time when all languages were one on the earth (see Samuel Noah Kramer, “The Babel of Tongues. A Sumerian Version,” Journal of the American Oriental Society 88, 108-111) ... In the ancient world naming was very significant....

Poetic Symbology of the Heroine’s Journey: Artist Nancy Castille’s Stunning Homage to the Sumerian Proto-Feminist ...

Brainpickings 24 Jul 2019
The Sumerian myths are told by ancient peoples, on the cusp of the primitive and the mythic, emerging into a world organized by agriculture and the rise of large city-states ... She named the project after a cursive ink-on-papyrus writing system the sacred scribes of ancient Egypt devised to speed up the writing process....

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