Skip to comments.Rare Cuneiform Script Found on Island of Malta
Posted on 12/24/2011 9:27:13 AM PST by SunkenCiv
A small-sized find in an ancient megalithic temple stirs the imagination.
Excavations among what many scholars consider to be the world's oldest monumental buildings on the island of Malta continue to unveil surprises and raise new questions about the significance of these megalithic structures and the people who built them. Not least is the latest find -- a small but rare, crescent-moon shaped agate stone featuring a 13th-century B.C.E. cuneiform inscription, the likes of which would normally be found much farther west in Mesopotamia.
Led by palaeontology professor Alberto Cazzella of the University of Rome "La Sapienza", the archaeological team found the inscribed stone in the sancturary site of Tas-Silg, a megalithic temple built during the late Neolithic period, and which has been used for various religious and ceremonial purposes by the ancients from the third millennium BC to the Byzantine era. The inscription was translated as a dedication to the Mesopotamian moon god Sin, the father of Ninurta who, for centuries, was the main deity worshiped far to the west in the city of Nippur in Mesopotamia. Nippur was considered a holy city and a pilgrimage site with a scribal school that generated literary texts.
The location of the find makes it the farthest west the ancient script has ever been discovered, raising questions about how it ended up in the remote location. Some scholars theorize that the inscribed stone was likely looted from the temple of Nippur during military conflict and then transported westward through an exchange of hands by Cypriot or Mycenaean merchants, thought to have had trading relations with the central Mediterranean at the time.
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And Merry Christmas to *me*. :') This is huge.
It’s the same throughout time
“For a good time call Suzie at....”
Of course, when you ring the number, it’s a nursing home.
West? Mesopotamia is in current Iraq which is to the east. It is to the west the looooong way around.
Oh yeah. Continental drift....
Older women......not great, but grateful.
Now I’ll have that song in my head all day. Maybe if I turn up the Christmas songs.....
Proof once again, as if any more is needed, that Schools of Journalism are where slow learners go to receive their college degrees. Placing that in one of the opening paragraphs probably indicates the writer has a Masters.
It’s part of an Agate Christie novel. “Ten Little Mesopotamians”
BCE in one part, BC in another.
Hating God is tough to remember throughout an entire article.
Only assuming, as you do, that using BCE means the author hates God.
Older men.....willing, but unable.
You’ve never heard of Columbus? ;’)
It says...”made in China.”
You obviously never met my grandpa. When he died, they had to add a gable to the middle of his casket.
Wait until the History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens” writers get a hold of this story.
What's wrong with BCE? It just stands for "Before Christian Era," right?
/just to tick off the seculonazis
That looks like the kind of Agate we find here in Eastern Washington State. Without the inscription though. :-)
likes of which would normally be found much farther west in Mesopotamia.
West? Mesopotamia is in current Iraq which is to the east. It is to the west the looooong way around
Meybe you should learn to read, it was found on Malta, far to the west of Mesopotamia, anyway, have a merry Christmas youall
That reminds me.....I have to pick up the tickets for The Nutcracker.
Don’t forget to drink your Ovaltine!
That, is a good one.
Sorry about that, in another version it said it was the first time an artifact like that had been found that far west, so somebody (author?) made a mistake, clearly Malta is far to the west of Mesopotamia, the land between the rivers as it were, Ninurta, warlord for the God Enlil and son of Sin, for whom the Sinai were named were at war with Marduk, son of Enki for supremacy of the world and his birthright was denied him and the Mesopotamian Gods treatment of his father, Enki, he wanted some revenge, anyhow, it seems as he eventually won that war and made his headquarters in Babylon, Marduke that is.anyway fasinating stuff, have a merry Christmas all and more fun on freepers in 2012
Actually, I believe BCE means Before Common Era
It would be huge news though, if one showed up in Wa St with cuneiform on it...
Speak for yourself, sonny.
I forgot the ba-dump-dump!
Malta spelled backwards is Atlam, which is a corruption of Atlantis. No aliens, Malta was the original site of Atlantis.
I know I’ll regret the lack of a sarc tag...
“Sinai”, as in “Mount Sinai”?
Yes absolutly, and yes to your other question to, the old testament is a history book with most of the earlier stuff borrowed from much older Sumerian and Acadian writings. If you are really interested in this history and noty just hung up on Christianeyt that came much later, but buildt on the older history, you might start with reading “The 12th. Planet” by Zakaria Sitchin, he has studied this stuff since boyhood and he passed away earlier this year, his writing explains a lot of things without destroying \christian teaching and he explain how inteligent design and evolution are not mutualy exclusive, you might be interesting in reading a early \sumerian text about the creation called “Enuma Elish” my copy was translated around 1895 or so, we are away with family for Christmas, so can’t check spelling if names,m but if you google it you will find it ok.try “Sitchin.com” good luck and have fun
Better living through chemistry!
Yes - but the revisionists get so mad when you call it "Before Christian Era." Makes it kinda fun.
You have it backwards — the revisionists are the ones who call it “Before Christian Era.”
Well, no, the revisionists call it "Before Common Era," when it really is "Before Christ."
BCE = Before Common Era,
CE = Common Era.
BC = Before Christ
AD = Anno Domini (Year of our Lord)
BC is also used in the article, as the “hates God” troll pointed out.
Now I’ll have that song stuck in my head a DAY, at least! Thanks a LOT!
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