Period: Neo-Assyrian Date: ca. 8th century B.C. Geography: Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu, IRAQ) Culture: Assyrian 1958, excavated by Sir Max Mallowan on behalf of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; ceded to the British School of Archaeology in Iraq in the division of finds; acquired by the Museum in 1959, purchased from British School of Archaeology in Iraq
Sumerian: Nippur Map 1400 BCE The oldest known map ever found.
Semitic languages, but Sumerian/Akkadian.
The Sumerian language, an isolate written in cuneiform. The most banal things (accounting records for example) give us an extraordinary glimpse into the everyday life in ancient Sumer.
The Goddess Inanna in breast-offering pose. As early as 3500 B.C.E. Inanna was worshiped as the great Goddess of Sumeria. Also known as Queen of Heaven and Earth, Priestess of Heaven, Light of the World, First Daughter of the Moon, Righteous Justice, Holy Shepherdess, and Loud Thundering Storm.