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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Sharon Schultz: Fort Meade author's latest mystery to come out this summer

Capital Gazette 23 May 2019
While there, she had the opportunity to visit an ancient city called Ur, and a pyramid called a Ziggurat ... It was here that Doyle introduced the female soldier, Heather Trueblood who, during a deployment in Iraq, picks up a coin and activates a spell that makes her the embodiment of the ancient Sumerian goddess, Inanna....

'Just a guy who's into language': Crown Point native among six in the nation to ...

Journal Review 14 May 2019
Lopez became engrossed with ancient literary texts and their translations ... His ultimate goal is to expand on his love of academia and work toward the preservation of ancient languages like Greek or seldom-spoken Sumerian, a southern Mesopotamian language spoken during the third millennium B.C....

Review: Michael Rakowitz remakes looted Iraqi antiquities with a modern message

The Los Angeles Times 06 May 2019
The forms represent ancient Mesopotamian objects — a column’s chunky capital, its shape reminiscent of a trimmed palm, or a Sumerian votive figure whose hands are prayerfully folded across its chest ... While the subjects are ancient and foreign, however, these artifacts are brand new and domestic....

Danger to the survival of cultural heritage in times of conflict

The Telegraph India 05 May 2019
Similar lamassus, reliefs and statues, including those in the Mosul museum and at the Nergel Gate, entryway to the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh, were not as lucky ... Cuneiform is a system of writing first developed by the ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia c ... About 60 per cent of Nineveh was lost, and 80 per cent of Nimrud, another ancient city....

Spice It Up: Your body will thank you

Tyler Morning Telegraph 01 May 2019
Spices originate from plants ... They were some of the most valuable items of trade in ancient and Medieval times and people have passed down the methods for using plant remedies for centuries ... Cinnamon ... Ancient Sumerian, Egyptian, Greek and Chinese people recorded using garlic to increase stamina, aid digestion and to treat heart disease and arthritis....

The Top 13 Pioneer Square Art Shows to Check Out in April 2019

The Stranger 01 May 2019
Night is one of the works by the much-missed Seattle painter and sculptor Akio Takamori on display at James Harris Gallery. James Harris Gallery ... You can also find more options on our First Thursday calendar, including one-night affairs like Lifting the Sky ... Warm Spots ... They just might make you think of ancient Sumerian mythology, or Henri Matisse ... .......

The Community Spotlight 2019.04.27

Giant Bomb 28 Apr 2019
This animated .gif was provided by Giant Bomb user Stamp! ... Author's Note. This week we are doing things slightly different with the video section of the Spotlight ... For those who are still interested in donating, here's a link to the team page. Tweets Of The Week ... @liquiddragon)What ancient culture hasn't gotten the cyberpunk treatment? Sumerian? ... ....

Eating Garlic Could Protect Brain Health

Mercola 25 Apr 2019
The study, which was presented at the American Physiological Society's 2019 annual meeting, adds more credence to garlic's status as a superfood, and support for its powerful medicinal properties, which have been valued since ancient times ... There are references to garlic on Sumerian clay tablets dating back to 2600 B.C....

Double take: If you’re keeping up with Jones twins, you’ll find them on two Guthrie stages

Pioneer Press 17 Apr 2019
(Photo by Dan Norman) ... Tom Bard Jones came to Minneapolis in the 1930s to start the ancient history department at the University of Minnesota ... “That’s how he picked up the bass,” Charity says, “the silent movie orchestra needed one.” Oh, he also “picked up” cuneiform, the ancient Sumerian writing system ... What....

Declassified U2 spy plane photos taken in the 1950s and 60s expose hidden archaeological spots around the world - including deserts in Jordan and the ancient cities of Aleppo and Nimrud

This is Money 12 Apr 2019
The black and white photographs, released by the CIA, show a range of areas of ancient importance, ranging from sites along the Nile in Egypt to the city of Allepo in Syria and the Assyrian city of Nimrud in modern day Iraq ... This image shows Ur, an important Sumerian city-state in ancient Mesopotamia, located at the site of modern Tell el-Muqayyar ... ....


The Woodford Sun 10 Apr 2019
Midway Views Spring in Kentucky ... This tradition dates from ancient Egyptian and Sumerian cultures several thousand years ago, who would honor the dead with painted and decorated Ostrich eggs ... The ancient Egyptian name for the hare was “un,” meaning “open” – and legend has it that hares never close their eyes, not even to blink ... ....

Why poo is no longer taboo

Taipei Times 10 Apr 2019
“I was a little hesitant about setting up the National Poo Museum,” begins Daniel Roberts, co-creator of the Isle of Wight’s most intriguing new tourist destination ... Bowel-based interests are nothing new — whoopee cushions date back to ancient Rome and a Sumerian one-liner from 1900 BC, cited as the world’s oldest joke, centres on flatulence....

Our Algorithm Lets Us Multiply Huge Numbers Faster Than Ever Before

Newsweek 10 Apr 2019
Multiplication of two numbers is easy, right?. At primary school we learn how to do long multiplication like this.. The long way to multiplication. David Harvey. Methods similar to this go back thousands of years, at least to the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians. But is this really the best way to multiply two big numbers together? ... Stock image ... ....