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The Mysterious Origins of the World’s First City-Builders (Video)

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At some point near 5400 BCE, settlers in southern Mesopotamia—in what would now be called southeastern Iraq—founded Eridu, which historians now generally regard as the world’s first city. It had all the things we ordinarily associate with an ancient city: temples, administrative buildings, housing, agriculture, markets, art, and, of course, walls to keep out wild animals and bandits.



But here’s the funny thing: we have absolutely no idea where the Sumerians acquired their language, or what they might have looked like. Their language, which we call Sumerian, was a linguistic isolate—it’s the oldest known written language on Earth, and any languages it might have derived from or developed alongside have been lost to time. The Sumerian people were also, it can be reasoned, ethnically isolated; referring to themselves as the sag gigga (“black-headed people”), they appear to have had no concept of race. And figuring out what their ethnic identity might have been based on their art is a doomed effort, because their art was so stylized that a good case could be made that it portrays people of any ethnicity.



Culturally, they’re often linked to the Ma’dan (Marsh Arabs) who still live in southern Iraq. But the idea that the Ma’dan are ethnically Sumerian seems a bit unlikely, as the Sumerian language was not Semitic and the Akkadian conquests of 2334 BCE disrupted the ethnic and cultural isolation of the Sumerian people. By about 2000 BCE, the Sumerians were speaking Akkadian and the Sumerian and Akkadian civilizations were regarded as a single people; there is no evidence in any extant texts that they were discouraged from intermarrying, so we can reasonably assume that it was normal to do so. Given that fact, and the 4,000 years of history between then and now, it seems unlikely that anyone living today has more than a tiny amount of Sumerian ancestry.


Does this mean that we’ll never know how the Sumerian language developed, or where the Sumerians originally came from? Probably, but there are some ways we might find out: an older extant text from the region, written in a proto-Sumerian language, might connect Sumerian with languages that currently seem unrelated. And if any reasonably well-preserved Sumerian bones can be found (which isn’t completely implausible; scientists have successfully sequenced 400,000-year-old human DNA), DNA testing could tell us their ethnic origin. Then again, it’s possible—and, given how little we know about the ancient world, perhaps even probable—that these discoveries will only deepen the mystery.


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    • Mymy

      “no idea where the Sumerians acquired their language, or what they might have looked like. Their language, which we call Sumerian, was a linguistic isolate—it’s the oldest known written language on Earth”

      Try japanese with aboriginal.

      All coloured afrikans(bastards of japanese and aboriginals) the deluge came with their japanese masters(nowaday Fakejews/asians)from australia 20.000 years ago to asia(might be by landbridge) and somalia/afrika and wiped out the White Natives of the Civilisation of Chrisna. This maby also is why it also looks much like chinese and chinese could be derived from it.

      The Civilisation of Chrisna had No Spoken or Written Language and all that is written down about it was done by the lost Children of the deluge atwhile it crumbled and died by their presence as also 2504 Species of Mankind did.

      Some History in between the tech

    • Mymy

      oh and 15.000 years ago they went from afrika to the amerika´s and might be therefor aquinted with the toltek negrolike statues. Until 5000 years ago they stil looked lot like the tolteks and lived along the Nile as the True Keepers and Masters of the Piramides.

      The amerikan native cultures with the feathercloth and bodypaint habits etc also is directly from the species that came from australia with exactly same dressinghabits including spears bows and arrows and are now this you and the to you known Mankind. No other Exist anymore.

      13.000 years ago you came to the North in the Irak area when the ice age melted the barriers and 10.000 years ago you broke through from afrika to Andalusia in Spain. This ment the anihilation of the last of the Body of Christ or God on Earth started whereupon Noah 8000 years ago Took the Last little number of Surviving Native Earthlings to a Place far from Earth.

      Henoch describes the travels of the Exodus as far as He could understand the many eons of Evolution in between them and intergalactic traveling and Witnessed a even greater Wonder the instant Materialisation of a Galaxy as New Home for Noah´s People ” See I Make Every Thing New ” it´s Light will reach Earth in about 1000 years.

      The Piramids of Gizeh Represent Noah´s Ark and the tree times it came. Also it was the start of 8 millenia of utmost demonic horror for also the last part of Earth and slavery crime and violence rape murder and horror and all went cold and dark. The in the myths and bibles known Deluge Ragnarok and Götterdämmerung.

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