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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Retired rural Maine vet shares pet stories in books

Portsmouth Herald 17 Jun 2019
ELIOT, Maine�— After four years of retirement, veterinarian Dr. John H. Hunt has not set aside his care for animals ... The book, with 430 pages, consists of two- or three-page essays beginning with "Veterinary Ancient History," which goes back to a Sumerian healer of ... ....

A museum struggling to help Iraqis connect with 5,000 years of art

Indian Express 09 Jun 2019
Known as lamassu in the ancient Sumerian language, they were thought to be spirit guardians, so they were set at city gates, palace entrances and the thresholds of throne rooms ... The vase is a rare example of the most ancient narrative art, telling its story in four tiers....

Taylor Halverson: The surprising meaning of 30 shekels of silver

Deseret News 05 Jun 2019
But the insight I find most compelling comes from the ancient Sumerian culture. The Sumerians had a flourishing culture from about 4000 B.C ... What has been discovered? Whenever an ancient Sumerian wanted to express the idea that something was worthless, they would say "It is considered a mere 30 shekels worth."....

How Rory Stewart went from 'Florence of Belgravia' to PM hopeful

The Observer 02 Jun 2019
“Multa novit vulpes,” he began, “verum echinus unum magnum …” He referenced ancient Sumerian wax seals, the prows of Egyptian ships and Romany cures for baldness. He quoted Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy and Beatrix Potter. “I want to be serious for a moment,” he said, before making a gag about “prickly subjects” ... Stewart has two ... "> ... ....

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....