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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It's now an emoji, but what's the story of the evil eye amulet?

The National 21 Mar 2020
The evil eye is, wisdom has it, everywhere. And so is the talisman that wards against it ... And now, they’re online ... The idea of the evil eye is impressively ancient. Researchers have found images of it in Sumerian cave drawings, as well as ancient amulets from 3000 BC in Syria, and it appears in Virgil, writing in Rome in the first century BC....

Steamboat Arts Academy provides online art for all

Steamboat Pilot 19 Mar 2020
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — In the midst of closures across town, Steamboat Arts Academy launched a two-week series, “March Madness Coronavirus Containment Camp,” on Monday, March 16 ... For older kids in the Gen-Z group, they explored ancient texts and methods of writing from Sumerian-Akkadian cuneiform, one of the earliest forms of writing, to modern emojis....

Deeper into the pantry: 5 truly comforting comfort foods to make during your coronavirus hibernation

Cleveland 19 Mar 2020
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- So, you’re still home. You’ve gone for your daily walk, keeping your social distance from anyone else audacious enough to be out on the street ... 4 eggs ... But it’s still onion-soup-mix-and –sour-cream dip, the ur-appetizer that’s probably been around in one iteration or another since a hospitable ancient Sumerian threw a summer soiree....

Selling sex: Wonder Woman and the ancient fantasy of hot lady warriors

Asiatimes 14 Mar 2020
The Sumerian ‘wonder woman’. In 3000 BC, in the ancient Sumerian city of Uruk in Mesopotamia, the first kings of human history ruled over the south of modern-day Iraq, protected by Ishtar, a great goddess of war and love often associated with lions ... In ancient Egypt, the most fearsome goddess was named Sekhmet....

New exhibition revives Iraq’s cultural heritage after ISIS devastation

The National 13 Mar 2020
One part of exhibition covers the ancient Sumerians - the world’s oldest urban civilisation - who lived in southern Mesopotamia (now southern Iraq) between 3000 and 2000 BC ... Nasiriya, a major Sumerian temple complex in the ancient city of Girsu was discovered by Brereton’s team....

What a week!

The Logan Daily News 12 Mar 2020
Still others claim that it was the ancient Sumerians, who believed the number 12 to be a “perfect” number, and considered the one that followed decidedly non-perfect ... Three markers were used by the ancients in reference to dates in relation to the lunar phases....

God calls on us to leave our old life. Will you?

The Manila Times 07 Mar 2020
RICARDO SALUDO. The Lord said to Abram ... When God finally set in motion His plan for His Chosen People to bring forth the Messiah for the salvation of all humanity, it’s no surprise that He first commanded Abram, later called Abraham, to leave his land and his home in the ancient Sumerian city of Ur (now Tall al-Muqayyar, Iraq) ... Period ... Amen. ....

A scholarship, salt at the Last Supper and a bit more Stazic

The Am-Pol Eagle 05 Mar 2020
MUSEUM CORNER ... More details to follow. The museum is open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m ... After an accidental spilling of salt, a superstitious nullifying gesture such as throwing a pinch of it over the left shoulder became a practice of the ancient Sumerians, the Egyptians, the Assyrians and later the Greeks ... ....

The Four Things You Need to Know About a Virus

The Atlantic 05 Mar 2020
Despite all our medical and technological breakthroughs, when confronted by the prospect of an epidemic, we are not that different from a farmer in an ancient Sumerian settlement making offerings to a local fertility deity so that he might survive the mysterious pustules killing everyone in town ... There are four stages of epidemic grief ... ... ....

You can make better butter at home, with a little bit of elbow grease

Bangor Daily News 04 Mar 2020
In some ancient cultures, butter was considered sacred (as it is in my household). Ancient Sumerians offered gifts of butter to their fertility and harvest goddess ... Denise Farwell . BDN Denise Farwell ... .......

Kelly Strom | This book will make you want to head to garden

The News-Gazette 01 Mar 2020
The garden timeline spans from ancient times to the 21st century and includes information about such garden and design luminaries as Gertrude Jekyll, William Morris and Piet Oudolf ... The section on plant collections and collectors reviews the importance of seed collecting even back to the times of the ancient Greeks, Chinese, Sumerians and Egyptians....

Congratulations...from space!

Henry Herald 29 Feb 2020
Last weekend, I ran a few races at Walt Disney World in Florida ... We all made it ... The museum runs a "Global Guides" program, in which immigrants from around the world take guests on scheduled tours and talk specifically about artifacts from their home regions, breathing meaning into everything from royal Sumerian jewels to ancient African instruments....

Pop Smoke Could Be New York Rap’s Next Great Demon

Stereogum 12 Feb 2020
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