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 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.

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Hittite silver ceremonial drinking vessel in shape of fist (14th century BCE). Along the cuff is inlaid a procession of musicians. On display at MFA, Boston

Hittite silver ceremonial drinking vessel in shape of fist (14th century BCE). Along the cuff is inlaid a procession of musicians. On display at MFA, Boston

Excavating the Royal Cemetery at Ur

Early Twentieth Century Excavations at the Royal Cemetery at Ur

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Tushpuea is an Araratian (Urartian) Goddess from which the city of Tushpa derived its name. She may have been the wife of the Solar God Shivini as both are listed as third, in the list of male and female deities on the Mheri-Dur inscription.

Tushpuea is an Araratian (Urartian) Goddess from which the city of Tushpa derived its name. She may have been the wife of the Solar God Shivini as both are listed as third, in the list of male and female deities on the Mheri-Dur inscription.

8th century BC city of Gurgum was the capital of a neo-Hittite kingdom in southeast Anatolia, and a center for the production of stelae with Hittite hieroglyphs. Depicted is the young Tarhunpiyas standing on his mother's knees, holding a stylus and the leash to his hawk. A writing tablet is placed before him, above his mother's head.

8th century BC city of Gurgum was the capital of a neo-Hittite kingdom in southeast Anatolia, and a center for the production of stelae with Hittite hieroglyphs. Depicted is the young Tarhunpiyas standing on his mother's knees, holding a stylus and the leash to his hawk. A writing tablet is placed before him, above his mother's head.

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