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Discovery of Middle Asia Cities Recasts Ancient History
Live Science ^ | 09 Aug 2007 | Ben Mauk

Posted on 08/10/2007 11:22:55 AM PDT by BGHater

New discoveries at dig sites in Middle Asia are rocking the archeological world and redefining the origins of modern civilization.

Numerous sites in modern-day Iran and the surrounding region suggest that a vast network of societies together constituted the first cities, whose residents traded goods across hundreds of miles and forged parallel but strikingly independent cultures.

Archaeologists have thought that modern civilization began in Mesopotamia, where the large Tigris and Euphrates rivers bounded a fertile valley that nurtured an increasingly complex society.

The social structures, wealth and technologies of this society slowly spread along the Nile and then the Indus rivers in the 3rd millennium B.C.

The findings at the new sites may have shaken conventional ancient history to its very foundations, reporter Andrew Lawler told LiveScience.

"People didn't think you could have large settlements this early without large rivers emptying into an ocean. No one knew of these sites," said Lawler, who reported in the Aug. 3 issue of Science magazine on the key findings, which were discussed at a recent archaeological conference in Ravenna, Italy.

One site proved particularly important for convincing some scientists of the error of the accepted history. Locals had been digging up artifacts in an ancient cemetery just south of Jiroft and flooding the art market with pottery and other goods. Researchers tracked these curiously unique pieces back to their source, where, Lawler said, they found "a vast moonscape of craters made by looters."

But further exploration of two nearby mounds found evidence of a large city, one that may have rivaled contemporary Ur in Mesopotamia. "These people were trading with the Indus, with Mesopotamia, to the north and south," Lawler said.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: asia; cities; mesopotamia
Mesopotamia's designation as the cradle of civilization may be up for revision as new sites discovered in Middle Asia yield insight into the origins of modern society.
1 posted on 08/10/2007 11:22:58 AM PDT by BGHater
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I have read before about this region being the cradle of civilization. It described the four rivers, the Pishon, the Gihon, the Tigris and the Euphrates. It was a Good Book.


2 posted on 08/10/2007 11:31:15 AM PDT by BipolarBob (Yes I backed over the vampire, but I swear I didn't see it in my rear view mirror.)
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To: BGHater
No one knew of these sites

Maybe, but we did here on FR since last week when the first thread appeared.

3 posted on 08/10/2007 11:33:17 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: BGHater
People didn't think you could have large settlements this early without large rivers emptying into an ocean

Nonsense. The first large settlements have always been known to be inland and away from large, dangerous rivers.

4 posted on 08/10/2007 11:35:05 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: RightWhale
Maybe, but we did here on FR since last week when the first thread appeared.

Yepper!

5 posted on 08/10/2007 11:37:15 AM PDT by colorado tanker (I'm unmoderated - just ask Bill O'Reilly)
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I have read before about this region being the cradle of civilization. It described the four rivers, the Pishon, the Gihon, the Tigris and the Euphrates. It was a Good Book.

That same Book follows up with a description of a worldwide flood that would render that area unrecognizable and unidentifiable, and quite possibly at the bottom of an ocean or on the other side of the world from where the survivors ended up. The modern Tigris and Euphrates were most likely simply named after the rivers mentioned in said Book.

6 posted on 08/10/2007 11:37:49 AM PDT by xjcsa (Hillary Clinton is nothing more than Karl Marx with huge calves.)
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To: xjcsa

Once Columbus discovered America, the Church moved Eden to S America and forbade anyone going there, especially Portuguese.


7 posted on 08/10/2007 11:39:49 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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