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Archaeologists unearth temple structure and valuable artifacts in Southern Iraq

Archaeologists unearth temple structure and valuable artifacts in Southern Iraq | Native Americans and Mesopotamia | Scoop.it
Iraq, which the ancient Greeks called Mesopotamia or “land between two rivers” because of the Tigris and Euphrates, has always been regarded by archaeologists as the cradle of civilization.

 

Driven by the desire to reassemble some of the country’s lost history, a group of Iraqi archaeologists have recently managed to unearth artifacts and a Babylonian temple’s structure dating back to the middle Babylon period between 1532 BC to 1000 BC at an archaeological site in Iraq’s southern province of Nassiriya.

 

The site, excavated at 500 square meter at Abu Rabab plateau and located 150 km in east of Nassiriya city, is part of a project called “Gardens of Eden” which Iraqi government plans to launch over the next few years to promote tourism in the province.


Via David Connolly
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This article is a great read as it explores the problems of preserving the past. In Mesoptamia's case their country (Iraq) has been invaded and destroyed. Their museums looted. Artifacts have been stolen and lost. Although this archeological find is amazing, the bitterness is that it may fall vicitm to a time and war. 

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TimeMaps - World History TimeMap

TimeMaps - World History TimeMap | Native Americans and Mesopotamia | Scoop.it
History, map and timeline of the World, in 3500 BC the civilization of ancient Mesopotamia has emerged along with another in the Nile Valley...

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Data!

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Genetic link shown between Indian subcontinent and Mesopotamia - Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Genetic link shown between Indian subcontinent and Mesopotamia - Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Native Americans and Mesopotamia | Scoop.it

The continuing debate regarding the origins of people inhabiting ancient Mesopotamia during the region’s long history led the authors of a new report published in the Open Access journal PLoS ONE to attempt an isolation and analysis of mtDNA sequences from the area.

 


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This very scientifically tune research provides further research of undiscovered populations and civilizations. Mesopotamia is becomming richer in the diversity of ancient human ancestry. 

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A History Of Prostitution: How Old Is The Sex Trade?

A History Of Prostitution: How Old Is The Sex Trade? | Native Americans and Mesopotamia | Scoop.it

Wherever we find evidence of human culture, we find evidence of prostitution. When the earliest known human societies emerged in the fertile crescent of Mesopotamia, the sex trade evolved alongside temples, customs, markets and laws. Beginning in the third millennium B.C, the Sumerians, the first major inhabitants of ancient Mesopotamia, worshiped the goddess Ishtar, a deity that would remain a constant throughout Mesopotamia’s Babylonian and Assyrian empires. Ishtar was the goddess of love and war, symbolized by the planet Venus, and was born anew as a maiden every morning only to become a ‘whore’ every evening – the etymology of the word lying in the Indo-European root meaning ‘desire.’


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A very unexpected and unique read of the history of prostituion and sexuality; Ancient Mesopotamia has a strong presenece in this article. Although in ancient times it wasn't viewed as prostitution, but rather religous practices and celebrations of fertility. 

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, November 25, 2013 4:23 AM

Same as it ever was?

Gracie Passette's curator insight, November 25, 2013 4:23 AM

Same as it ever was?

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History: The Roots of Urban Civilization

History: The Roots of Urban Civilization | Native Americans and Mesopotamia | Scoop.it
Where does the idea of urban civilization, or the city itself, originate?

 

The name Mesopotamia was used by the ancient Greeks to describe land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. It means literally “between the rivers” and largely corresponds to present-day Iraq. However, today the term has a broader interpretation, stretching to include parts of Syria and Turkey as well. The region, which incorporates the “fertile crescent,” is widely considered to be the cradle of human civilization. 

 

Author and former journalist Paul Kriwaczek has observed that “ancient Mesopotamia acted as a kind of experimental laboratory for civilization.” It was into the rural environment of this region that the idea of civilization was born “in a single place, at a single time. From there and from then,” says Kriwaczek, “the concept spread at remarkable speed to conquer the world.”


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I like how this article gives readers a description of Mesopotamia from both an ancient and contemporary view point. I was unaware that Mesopotamia meant between to rivers according to Greeks, or that it was home to Babylon. Interesting read indeed. 

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David Connolly's curator insight, January 2, 2013 6:34 AM

A very thoughtful article about this crucial period in human development

JERRY KITH's curator insight, January 24, 2014 8:59 PM

There was an urban culture back in the ancient mesotopmia days.