Skip to comments.Acrobat's last tumble
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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Royal Goddesses Of A Bronze Age State
Archaeology Magazine | January - Febuarary | Marco Merola
Posted on 02/07/2008 3:43:36 PM PST by blam
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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Sargon, of Akkad, one of the first proofs that absolute power corrupts absolutely.
We’ll have more proof soon...
STOP! Do NOT panic!
VERY carefully, slowly walk backwards, placing your feet ONLY in your previous tracks!
You're in a mime field!
[I mimed the previous reply]
Guess these acrobats fell out of favor.
They took a tumble.
Let’s not jump to conclusions.
Maybe wallenda a time where such things are again considered acceptable.
Maybe they were just out on a limb and fell out of favor?
I think the PDF file was corrupted.
Hey, when they said “silence is golden”, those Akkadians weren’t kidding around.
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