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Jarmo Settlement: Mesopotamia, 7090-4950 BC. The world’s first agricultural community, consisting of a permanent settlement of about 150 people, Jarmo is also one of the oldest sites where pottery has been found. It is located in N Iraq in the foothills of Zagros Mtns E of Kirkuk City, on app 3-4 acres. It lies at an altitude of 2600' above sea level in a belt of oak / pistachio woodlands

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust…This is Uruk, the world’s first great city, home of Gilgamesh, hero of the world’s first great work of literature

Ceremonial macehead, Sumerian pre-Sargonic, from Luristan, circa 2,500 BC.

Ancient Song Recreated From 3,400-Year-Old Cuneiform Tablets...An example of the type of instrument that would have been used to play the Hurrian hymn, a rendering of an ancient Babylonian santur. (Wikimedia Commons) Left: Sheet music (Thinkstock) Background: Cuneiform tablet (Shutterstock*)

Nineveh. Mashki Gate. Iraq Nineveh was one of the oldest and greatest cities in antiquity. The area was settled as early as 6000 BC and, by 3000 BC, had become an important religious center for worship of the Assyrian goddess Ishtar. The early city (and subsequent buildings) were constructed on a fault line and, consequently, suffered damage from a number of earthquakes. One such event destroyed the first temple of Ishtar which was then rebuilt in 2260 BC by the Akkadian king Manishtusu.

3100-2900 BCE, Uruk, the oldest written tablets in Mesopotamia. This fits well with some Sumerian legends that make this town the invention of writing.

Female amuletic Idol. Most probably shell. Mesopotamia, Early Dynastic Period, 3rd millenium BC.

Rhea Gallery - Inventory - Female amuletic Idol.

The "Stele of the Vultures," is the oldest known historiographic document.This is a Sumerian inscription that narrates the recurrent wars between the neighboring Sumerian city-states of Lagash and Umma, and records the victory won by Eannatum, king of Lagash, who ruled around 2450 BC.It shows king Eannatum marching at the head of his troops, who advance in a tight phalanx, trampling over the dead bodies of the enemy.

UR, MESOPOTAMIA STATUE 3RD-2ND MILL.BCE Statue of the goddess Narundi, part of the statuary ordered by king Puzur-Inshushinak of Ur-Nammu (2111-2094 BCE). The goddess wears a woollen garment, a kaunakes,and sits on a lion-throne. See 08-02-12/27 Limestone, 109 cm, Sb 54 Louvre, Departement des Antiquites Orientales, Paris, France

Statuette of an Assyrian king, 9th century BCE, amber with gold

Statuette of an Assyrian king | MFA for Educators

Tribute bearer with an oryx, a monkey, and a leopard skin Period: Neo-Assyrian Date: ca. 8th century B.C. Geography: Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu) Culture: Assyrian Medium: Ivory

A Mesopotamian cylinder seal at the Morgan Library and Museum, showing a scorpion.

Ancient Mesopotamian cylinder seal

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MESOPOTAMIA KUDURRU, SACRED STONE 2ND-1ST MILL.BCE Top of a Mesopotamian stele, usurped by the Elamites. A god with orant (damaged). Sun- and moongod symbols above the figures. From Susa, Iran. Basalt, 63 x 40 cm Sb 10 Louvre, Departement des Antiquites Orientales, Paris, France

Alabaster stele of Ushamga l, Sumerian, early dynastic, 2900-2700 BCE. Found (probably) in Umma, Sumer

A devotional statue dating to 2600 B.C.E. of what scholars believe is a married couple. The gypsum statue was found buried beneath the floor of a shine at Nippur in Iraq and mesures 3.5 inches wide at the bottom. The couple originally had feet, and the figures have eyes made of shell and lapis lazuli set in bitumen, a natural cement-like substance.

Vessel with heads of horned female deities Period: Early Dynastic III Date: ca. 2600–2350 B.C. Geography: Mesopotamia Period: ...


Sumerian God Enlil | The sumerian god enlil, with his bow by his side which is symbolic for ...

God enlil killing a sun goddess | Truth Control

Sumerian, 2500 BC

Sumerian Statue

The Sumerian Stele of the Vultures commemorates Lagash's victory against the neighboring city of Umma. Their dispute was over Guedena, the fertile fields between them. In c. 2450 BCE, relations soured after a border dispute. Lagash king Eannatum, inspired by Lagash patron god Ningirsu, set out with his army to defeat them. When they met, Eannatum dismounted from his chariot and led his men on foot in a dense phalanx. This is one of the earliest known organized battles.

Vulture Stele Translation

ancient-mesopotamia: Molded plaque: bearded underworld god, Old Babylonian, ca 2000-1600 BC, Mesopotamia. Picture: MMA, NY