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Part of the Epic of Gilgamesh written in Cuneiform. Perhaps the oldest known story (work of fiction) in the world.

The oldest surviving manuscript of the Lord's Prayer, with fragments from the Gospels of Luke and John. Written in Egypt in Alexandrian-style text. It was donated to the Vatican Library in March 2007. Written between 175 and 225 CE

Sudan - The Black Pharaohs. A very interesting, sometimes forgotten period of ancient Egyptian history. ☆☆☆(^.^) Thanks, Pinterest Pinners, for stopping by, viewing, re-pinning, & following my boards. Have a beautiful day! and “Feel free to share on Pinterest..^..^ #Maya #Hieroglyphs #nature ❤❦♪♫ #Mysterious

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1,700-Year-Old Roman Mosaic Discovered During City Sewer Construction Project

A massive, well-preserved 1,700 year-old Roman mosaic was recently unearthed while performing city sewer construction.

The Royal Lion Hunt. Assyrian Reliefs. About 645-635 BC. From Nineveh, North Palace. | Mehrdad Aref-Adib on Flickr

In the 18th century BC, the Babylonian Empire standardized the year by adopting the ancient Sumerian calendar of the sacred city of Nippur. The priests there used a calendar which integrated the lunar year of 354 days and brought it in line with the solar-agricultural year by use of an "intercalated" cycle of months. The power and prestige of Babylon assured the success of the new calendar, which began in the Spring on Nissanu 1. The new Babylonian month names supplanted the old Assyrian and…

Discovered in 1908, the Phaistos Disc is a disk of fired clay from the Minoan palace of Phaistos on the Greek island of Crete, possibly dating to the middle or late Minoan Bronze Age. It is about 6 in. in diameter and covered on both sides with a spiral of stamped symbols. Its purpose and meaning, and even its original geographical place of manufacture, remain disputed, making it one of the most famous mysteries of archaeology.