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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Doubting Darwin

The Daily Journal - San Mateo 16 Jun 2021
Editor, ... Read through Genesis 1 ... Well of course there are still some hoops to jump through, but it’s a lot better than ancient pagan creation myths (Mayan, Sumerian, etc) in which the gods had a battle and one god died, so the other gods made the universe out of his body ... Human morality may change ... Cody ... Clayton Rich ... ....

Dark Pictures: House of Ashes Is Based on a Story From the Akkadian Empire

Game Rant 16 Jun 2021
In seeking it out, they instead inadvertently unearth an ancient Sumerian temple in the desert, which unleashes horrors 4,000 years old ... RELATED. The Dark Pictures. House of Ashes is Making Major Gameplay Improvements ... Under his leadership, the Empire reached the peak of its power, uniting Assyrian, Babylonian, and Sumerian speakers under one rule....

Remembering Ismail Fattah: 'There were three things he loved: life, art and Iraq'

The National 15 Jun 2021
When Ismail smiled, his eyes vanished under the puffiness of his eyelids. Ripples of dimples made way for a big grin, and then you heard it. that guttural laugh that seemed to come from the depths of him ... In the figures of his sculptures and drawings, he paid tribute to ancient Mesopotamian civilisations by mirroring Sumerian anatomical illustrations....

Professing Faith: Poet’s name obscured by history but her work lived on

Redlands Daily Facts 10 Jun 2021
known as the Sumerians ... The Sumerians had developed a ... Before her appointment, Inanna was a minor and unimportant goddess, but after Enheduanna got done with her, she was the dominant Sumerian goddess, and she appears in more of the ancient writings than any other deity....

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes Trailer Showcases Underworld Creature

GamingBolt 10 Jun 2021
The underworld creature in question, which has been described as an “ancient ... After an earthquake, both squads find themselves trapped underground where an ancient Sumerian temple resides....

The Dark Pictures: House of Ashes Confirms Pazuzu Edition and Release Date

Game Rant 10 Jun 2021
The next entry in Supermassive Games’ series of interactive survival horror games, The Dark Pictures. House of Ashes, was announced in November 2020. The third entry in the compilation will take players to the Middle East and immerse them in a frightening world of ancient Sumerian myths and demons ... RELATED. The Dark Pictures Anthology ... MORE....

Here's the real origin story of aspirin

The Galveston Daily News 02 Jun 2021
Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician, is often credited with the first uses of willow or myrtle bark for pain relief; however, the 60 medical books he wrote barely mention willow ... Ancient Mesopotamian cultures used willow to treat fever, pain and inflammation. Sumerian clay ......

Evolution of language writing systems

Technology Org 31 May 2021
Sounds funny? But this way, the communication system for writing ancient folks like Sumerians ... So, the history of the actual alphabet started in ancient Egypt and surprisingly not as a Mesopotamian cuneiform and Egyptian hieroglyphs, only as workers’ and slaves’ language (called Semitic language named after Semitic workers)....

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes Gameplay Reveal Coming at 9 AM PDT Tomorrow

GamingBolt 26 May 2021
House of Ashes tomorrow ... It takes place in 2003 and focuses on a military unit trapped in the ruins of a Sumerian temple. As they work out some way to escape, an ancient evil seems to have awakened and is actively trying to get them ... ....

Russian Ufologist Explains His Theories on Lunar UFOs and a Siberian ET Base

Journal Online 26 May 2021
It is considered a natural satellite of the Earth, but in all the ancient texts that have survived, we are talking about the fact that it arose after a great catastrophe in the solar system ... Those who survived the disaster have gone to a planet behind the Sun, which is mentioned in ancient Egyptian and Sumerian texts....

Prophecy Through the Ages: Society, Power and Legend

Ancient Origins 21 May 2021
Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece dabbled in these mysterious customs ... Detailed descriptions of the overwhelming spiritual immersions experienced by these prophets are lost to time, but artifacts of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Canaan corroborate the presence of their cultic and political behaviors ... The Neo-Sumerian Empire ... Ancient Prophecy....

Provenance: How an object's origin can facilitate authentic, inclusive storytelling

Phys Dot Org 20 May 2021
It was first developed by the ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia around 3,200 B.C.E in modern-day Iraq. Written on clay tablets, the writing system was used to document things like trade, business and religious activities at ancient temples ... Ancient tablets displayed in Jerusalem fuel looting debate....

Iraq’s neglected historic heritage crumbling to dust

The Arab Weekly 10 May 2021
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