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Sex, Beer & Politics: Riddles Reveal Life of Ancient Mesopotamians | Riddles Decoded & Iraq Wars | Archaeology & Historical Mysteries | LiveScience

Sex, Beer & Politics: Riddles Reveal Life of Ancient Mesopotamians | Riddles Decoded & Iraq Wars | Archaeology & Historical Mysteries | LiveScience | Agriculture | Scoop.it
Newly translated ancient riddles reveal ancient Mesopotamians made fun of politicians, cracked crude jokes and drank beer, say scientists who studied the 3,500-year-old riddles inscribed on a tablet.

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Joshua Lefkowitz's curator insight, February 6, 2014 8:05 PM

Often times it is the everyday occurrences of daily life that give us the best and most realistic images of life through history. I like seeing how we really are not that different from people no matter what misconceptions we hear and read.

Raul Banuelos's curator insight, February 7, 2014 10:07 PM

Though these discoveries may seem trivial at first glance, they help recreate the culture of the everyday person in that time. By providing these accounts, we are able to see some similarities that can be seen between our contemporary lives, and these ancient times. 

Jordan Varona's curator insight, February 8, 2014 2:29 AM

This is a fascinating read and really illustrates how similar people 3500 years ago are to us.

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Ancient British Diets Traced By Archaeologists And Chemists - RedOrbit

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RedOrbit Ancient British Diets Traced By Archaeologists And Chemists RedOrbit It certainly stacks up with the skeletal isotope evidence to provide a clear picture that seafood was of little importance in the diets of the Neolithic farmers of the...
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This article is about ancient British diets and why they changed from eating seafood to farming. 

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Rare Neolithic or Bronze Age rock art in Ross-shire - BBC News

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Rare Neolithic or Bronze Age rock art in Ross-shire
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Archaeologists made the discovery while moving a boulder decorated with ancient cup and ring marks to a new location in Ross-shire.
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Archaeologists believed to have found a funny looking rock with holes in it the is about 5,000 years old.

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Neolithic mural may depict ancient eruption - Eureka! Science News

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Neolithic mural may depict ancient eruption
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This article is also about the neolithic period , yet it was taLKING about a volcano and rock, and tracing back when the volcano erupted. 

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Neolithic Age to be discussed in Turkey - Hurriyet Daily News

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Hurriyet Daily News Neolithic Age to be discussed in Turkey Hurriyet Daily News The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will bring together specialists of the Neolithic Age in the ancient settlement of...
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World's oldest cheese found buried with Chinese mummies - TheCelebrityCafe.com

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Cheese was made in Europe in the 6th millennium B.C.

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This has nothing to do with agriculture yet it was cool and wanted to share. 

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British Neolithic farmers preferred milk over fish - Past Horizons Archaeology News (press release)

British Neolithic farmers preferred milk over fish - Past Horizons Archaeology News (press release) | Agriculture | Scoop.it
Past Horizons Archaeology News (press release) British Neolithic farmers preferred milk over fish Past Horizons Archaeology News (press release) The appearance of farming, from its inception in the Near East around 12 000 years ago to the...
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Archaeologist founded that Neolithic farmers 12,000 years ago drank milk more then eating fish and that's what they preferred and seafood wasn't important to them.

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Does the Camel Study Really Prove That the Bible Is Inaccurate? - TheBlaze.com

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Cuisine of Mesopotamia | Hearth Moon Rising's blog

Cuisine of Mesopotamia | Hearth Moon Rising's blog | Agriculture | Scoop.it
Surprisingly little is discussed about the enjoyment of food in ancient Mesopotamia, even though a rather extensive culinary record is extant. Once the Akkadians and Sumerians of this region began practicing irrigation, the ...
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This sou d similar to the plato diet I have heard always wanted to try it out and see, if I can get good benefits from it.

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Brain power still the genesis of scientific breakthroughs - South China Morning Post

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Brain power still the genesis of scientific breakthroughs
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Astronomers in antiquity could only observe with the naked eye the glimmer of lights hundreds of thousands of kilometres away in the night sky.
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This was talking about the greatness sucess in science breakthoughs and will we ever have scientist oin tgis era that can accomplish the greatness as Newton-John or Darwin. This is more of history not agriculture but had to scoopit!

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An inscribed head of a stand, Sumer, Mesopotamia, Iraq (Illustration ...

An inscribed head of a stand, Sumer, Mesopotamia, Iraq (Illustration ... | Agriculture | Scoop.it
Cuneiform inscriptions on a head, early dynastic period, 2800-2300 BCE, Mesopotamia, Sulaimaniya Museum, Iraq. Original illustration by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FACP, FRCP(Glasg). Uploaded by Osama Shukir ...
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Occupy the Neolithic - ScienceNOW

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Even the most democratic societies are rife with social and economic inequalities, as the current tension between the poorer "99%" and the richest "1%" vividly illustrates. But just how early in human events such social hierarchies became entrenched has been a matter of debate. A new study of skeletons from prehistoric farming communities across Europe suggests that hereditary inequality was an early feature, going back more than 7000 years ago.

Most researchers agree that social hierarchies began with the advent of farming. The earliest known farming communities are found in the Near East, dating back almost 11,000 years. Archaeologists have looked for evidence of social stratification in these societies with mixed results. Some early farming societies show signs that people played different roles and that some were buried with greater ritual—shuffling off this mortal coil with a number of elaborate "grave goods," including pottery and stone tools. However, there is little evidence that social inequality was hereditary or rigidly defined.

That seems to have changed sometime after farmers moved into Europe from the Near East, beginning about 8500 years ago during a period known as the European Neolithic. One of the best studied farming cultures is the Linearbandkeramik (LBK), which arose in what is today Hungary about 7500 years ago and spread as far as modern-day Paris within 500 years, after which it appears to have been superseded by other cultures.


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This is believed to be a 7,000 year old Farmer man from Austria buried witha stone known as adzes. Which is a know tool of farmers. 

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Raymond McGee's curator insight, January 17, 2014 5:04 PM

I found it intresting that certain people were barried with great rituals because of who they were. Social inequality  has spread to modern day Paris within 500 years ago, that is a very intresting fact to me.

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Europe's origins lay in a cooperative peaceful neolithic culture

Signs Out of Time - Neolithic Europe The Story of Archaeologist Marija Gimbutas Old Europe is a term coined by archaeologist Marija Gimbutas to describe what...
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Mesopotamia: Grandes Civilizaciones. Formación / Mesopotamia: Great Civilizations [IGEO.TV]

http://igeo.tv/category/formacion/ La Mesopotamia antigua es la tierra comprendida entre los ríos Tigris y Éufrates y que en la antigüedad fue la cuna de la ...
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Sacrificial altar unearthed in China's largest prehistoric city in Shannxi - People's Daily Online

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Sacrificial altar unearthed in China's largest prehistoric city in Shannxi
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Chinese archaeologists have discovered altar relics at the ruins of a neolithic city, which indicate religious culture at that time.
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Long-Term Drought Doomed Indus Valley Civilization, Researchers Say - Huffington Post

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Long-Term Drought Doomed Indus Valley Civilization, Researchers Say
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The decline of Bronze-Age civilizations in Egypt, Greece and Mesopotamia has been attributed to a long-term drought that began around 2000 bc.
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This article is about the Indus Civilization so it is talking about the Happarans and what is believed to be the end of this civilization. At the end it said the lack of monsoons ending this civilization

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HUNTER-GATHERERS TO FARMERS

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HUNTER-GATHERERS TO FARMERS including Doing what comes naturally, The Neolithic Revolution, The first farmers, Farm animals, Draught animals, Neolithic burials, Diet, salt and trade

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This article was talking about basically how we as people went form hunters to farmers it talks a lot about the neolithic period. 

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New technology brews ancient ales - The Columbiachronicle

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New technology brews ancient ales
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The first documents in Mesopotamia, written around 3200 B.C., reveal evidence of beer, according to Tate Paulette, a graduate student at the University of Chicago.
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Altar relics found at China's neolithic city ruins - Global Times

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Altar relics found at China's neolithic city ruins
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Chinese archaeologists have discovered altar relics at the ruins of a neolithic city, which indicate religious culture at that time.
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Understanding the diseases of Mesopotamians : Archaeology News ...

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After decades of intensive research into Mesopotamia, scientists still know relatively little about the diseases that plagued the inhabitants of some of the most famous kingdoms of the ancient world.
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So basically Archaeologist make test on the people from mesopotamian or from the remains and they can tell how the died and which diseases killed them

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Fazıl Say - Mesopotamia, Symphony No. 2

Symphony No. 2, Op. 38, "Mesopotamia" Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Gürer Aykal Carolina Eyck, theremin Çağatay Akyol, bass recorder Bülent Evcil,...
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From surf to turf: Ancient Britons ditched fishy dishes for a dairy-rich diet ... - Daily Mail

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Neolithic Mural: A Volcanic Eruption Of 6900 BC? - Science 2.0

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Neolithic Mural: A Volcanic Eruption Of 6900 BC?
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This article is about a a rock that was found and scientists wanted to know did this rock have anything to do with a volcano eruption. This was a different article from the ones I usually choose to scoop

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Mesopotamia

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Mesopotamia (from the Greek, meaning 'between two rivers’) was an ancient region in the eastern Mediterranean bounded in the northeast by the Zagros Mountains and in the southeast by the Arabian(...) (Mesopotamia -- Ancient History Encyclopedia

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Kasey Saeturn's curator insight, November 16, 2013 2:03 AM

These sites are so amazing to find new information. This ancient encyclopedia is really helpful. 

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4000-year-old erotica from Mesopotamia - The Archaeology News ...

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4,000-year-old erotica from Mesopotamia. Sexual intercourse between a woman and a man on a terra cotta plaque from Mesopotamia, early 2nd millennium BCE [Credit: The Israel Museum] ...
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In the two clay plaques from Old Babylonian period, display sexual conduct between two people. Scholars believe that it shows sexual interncourse between husband and wife, or even form of prostitution. Yet, I believe it displays the beauty of sexuality with a partner.  

 

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