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Acrobat's last tumble
Science News ^ | June 6th, 2008 | Bruce Bower

Posted on 06/13/2008 12:03:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

This discovery offers a unique view of the social world nearly 4,300 years ago at Nagar, a city that belonged to Mesopotamia's Akkadian Empire, say Joan Oates of the University of Cambridge in England and her colleagues. Nagar's remnants lie within layers of mud-brick construction known collectively as Tell Brak (SN: 2/9/08, p. 90). The earliest layers date to more than 6,000 years ago. Evidence suggests that this Nagar sacrifice immediately followed a brief abandonment of the site because of some sort of natural disaster. Residents appeased their gods by surrendering valued individuals, animals and objects in a building formerly used for breeding and trading mules that pulled kings' chariots and war wagons. Following the sacrifice, the structure was closed to further activity. Acrobats apparently ranked high enough in Nagar's social sphere to serve as sacrificial offerings, the researchers report in the June Antiquity... The specimen's leg, foot and toe bones display signs of enlarged muscles and energetic activity associated with acrobatics, her team finds.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; mesopotamia
link said, "For My Last Trick..."
1 posted on 06/13/2008 12:03:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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Posted on 02/07/2008 3:43:36 PM PST by blam
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2 posted on 06/13/2008 12:05:07 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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In a nearby grave were the remains of some mimes. They weren't considered a worthy sacrifice to appease the gods, everybody else was just sick of them.

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3 posted on 06/13/2008 12:07:23 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: SunkenCiv

Sargon, of Akkad, one of the first proofs that absolute power corrupts absolutely.


4 posted on 06/13/2008 3:03:41 AM PDT by David Isaac
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To: David Isaac

We’ll have more proof soon...


5 posted on 06/13/2008 7:32:35 AM PDT by null and void (Bureaucracies are stupid. They grow larger by the square of their age and stupider by its cube.)
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To: SunkenCiv
In a nearby grave were the remains of some mimes.

STOP! Do NOT panic!

VERY carefully, slowly walk backwards, placing your feet ONLY in your previous tracks!

You're in a mime field!

6 posted on 06/13/2008 10:01:16 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The Great Obamanation of Desolation, attempting to sit in the Oval Office, where he ought not..)
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7 posted on 06/13/2008 7:25:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: ApplegateRanch

[I mimed the previous reply]


8 posted on 06/13/2008 7:25:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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9 posted on 06/13/2008 9:01:42 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The Great Obamanation of Desolation, attempting to sit in the Oval Office, where he ought not..)
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To: SunkenCiv

Guess these acrobats fell out of favor.


10 posted on 06/14/2008 6:40:36 AM PDT by wildbill
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To: wildbill

They took a tumble.


11 posted on 06/14/2008 11:26:55 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: SunkenCiv

Let’s not jump to conclusions.


12 posted on 06/14/2008 12:49:41 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: wildbill

Maybe wallenda a time where such things are again considered acceptable.


13 posted on 06/16/2008 8:43:11 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: SunkenCiv

Maybe they were just out on a limb and fell out of favor?


14 posted on 06/16/2008 8:56:10 AM PDT by wildbill
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To: wildbill

I think the PDF file was corrupted.


15 posted on 06/16/2008 8:59:49 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Hey, when they said “silence is golden”, those Akkadians weren’t kidding around.


16 posted on 06/16/2008 9:04:51 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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