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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Bitchute 26 Oct 2021
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Ancient wine press, carvings found in Iraq

China Daily 26 Oct 2021
They date back to the reigns of Sargon II (721-705 BC) and his son Sennacherib ... Iraq is the birthplace of some of the world's earliest cities, the home of the Assyrians, Sumerians and Babylonians ... But it is also now a location for smugglers of ancient artifacts. Looters decimated the country's ancient past, including after the 2003 US-led invasion ... ....

A world not for a few, but for all

China Daily 26 Oct 2021
The civilizations of Sumer, Egypt, China, Islam, India, Africa and the pre-Columbian civilizations of North and South America developed ideas and institutions, the same as ancient Greece and Rome and modern Europe did ... For example, the ancient Greeks borrowed many aspects of their civilization from the Sumerians, Egyptians and Phoenicians ... ....

Archaeologists in Iraq find ancient wine press, carvings

Phys Dot Org 25 Oct 2021
Ancient 'propaganda scene' ... As well as Assyrians it was once home to Sumerians and Babylonians, and to among humankind's first examples of writing. But it is also now a location for smugglers of ancient artifacts. Looters decimated the country's ancient past, including after the 2003 US-led invasion....

Archaeologists in Iraq find 2,700-year-old wine press

The Jordan Times 25 Oct 2021
Ancient 'propaganda scene' The irrigation canal was cut into limestone to carry water from the hills to the fields of farmers, and the carvings were made to remind people of the king who ordered its construction ... It was once home to Sumerians, Assyrians and Babylonians, and to among humankind's first examples of writing....

Hades: Best Aspect Of Gilgamesh Build

Game Rant 25 Oct 2021
... is the Aspect of Gilgamesh, an ancient Sumerian god-king....

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House Of Ashes Review

Empire 25 Oct 2021
Platforms. PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X.S, Xbox One, PC. The Dark Pictures series returns to bring players their latest annual appointment with horror, this time pairing ancient Sumerian and Mesopotamian mythology with subterranean claustrophobia in the vein of Neil Marshall's The Descent ... House Of Ashes isn't just more of the same, though ... ....

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House Of Ashes review: very nearly a fun horror romp

Rock, Paper, Shotgun 21 Oct 2021
I have a real soft spot for Supermassive Games ... The five playable protagonists you flit between are trapped in an ancient Sumerian temple that leads into an even deeper cavern, and then an even deeperer, ancienter ruin. The turducken of potholing ... Wakka wakka. Read more ....

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes Review: A Rocky Horror Game, Strong Iraqi Setting

Coming Soon 21 Oct 2021
The Dark Pictures Anthology has had a rough start ... House of Ashes is the third entry and takes the series to Iraq circa 2003 ... Bad intel, a surprise attack from the Republican Guard, and an earthquake turns the operation on its head and the soldiers plummet into newly opened cracks in the sand, stumbling upon a subterranean Ancient Sumerian temple ... ....
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Temple of hatshepsut, Luxor, Egypt

New Ancient Middle Eastern Chronology Unlocks Hidden History Of Egypt and Mesopotamia

Ancient Origins 19 Oct 2021
In the academic study of the ancient world, chronology or timeline is of the utmost importance ... Willem’s main areas of study regarding the ancient Middle East are the Sumerian, Akkadian and early Egyptian civilizations, with special focus on the Uruk and Akkadian Periods in Mesopotamian history as well as the Old Kingdom Period in Egyptian history....

3500-year-old Babylonian Ghost Image Discovered in British Museum Vaults!

Ancient Origins 18 Oct 2021
Babylonia, which was a magnificent state in ancient Mesopotamia (covering parts of present-day Iraq and Syria), had two periods of great development ... An ancient Sumerian cylinder seal impression at the British Museum showing the god Dumuzid, flanked by snakes, being tortured in the underworld by galla ghost demons ... Most Ancient of Legacies ....

Gilbert & George: ‘We’re art’s outsiders. We never wanted to eat lasagne at other people’s houses’

The Observer 17 Oct 2021
They are besuited, of course, and lead me through the dark hallway of their house, George in front, Gilbert behind, to the airy, pristine space out the back where they work ... It was then the cheapest place in London ... “In Berlin, there is this gateway from an ancient civilisation. Sumerian, I think, with beautiful bearded figures on either side ... ....

The world's first professional acrobats were flipping through the Middle East 4,000 years ago

Phys Dot Org 11 Oct 2021
The first known mention of the huppû is in administrative documents from the ancient city of Ebla (Tell Mardikh) in Syria dated as early as 2320 BCE ... The program for the festival of the goddess Ishtar included huppû, wrestlers, and lamentation priests who sung in the ancient Sumerian language accompanied by drums....