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New Discoveries In Syria Confirm Theory On Spread Of Early Civilization
Newswise.com ^ | 6-2-2002 | Carrie Golus

Posted on 06/03/2002 1:42:03 PM PDT by blam

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Looks like they missed the exact center on that plate.

And it's out of warranty. D***.


41 posted on 04/28/2005 8:19:49 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FR profiled updated Monday, April 11, 2005. Fewer graphics, faster loading.)
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Perhaps not without parallel, but if Indus Valley script turns out to be early Sanskrit, it would be major, major news.

Yep. The Mississippi River could one day back up and start going the other way---but it sure would make news!

What I'd like to know is how and why people spoke such complex languages as Sanskrit back then, and they don't now. How is it that civilization advances and language degrades? I'd rather know that, than where Sanskrit arose.

42 posted on 03/02/2006 9:18:28 AM PST by Graymatter
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Well, like, man, you know, like, geez, you know, like why do people care about that old stuff, like, you know? :-)
43 posted on 03/02/2006 9:33:37 AM PST by colorado tanker (We need more "chicken-bleep Democrats" in the Senate!)
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44 posted on 04/27/2006 10:04:07 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Homo sapiens has been around for almost 200,000 years.

You could speculate that urban life has been around a lot longer than 10,000 years. But what would they have left behind that was durable enough for us to find now, and if they did, where would we look?

All the good seaside sites are under water now.


45 posted on 04/27/2006 10:08:22 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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"All the good seaside sites are under water now."

Yup. I think Sundaland would be a good place to look for Atlantis too.

46 posted on 04/27/2006 11:16:37 AM PDT by blam
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how and why people spoke such complex languages as Sanskrit

They probably didn't speak it. The grammar and alphabet were formally systematized and regularized; the vocabulary was based on contemporary spoken languages that varied from village to village. Latin is a great language: monstrous and living vocabulary even now, compact, but irregular. They copped their alphabet from the Greek alphabet and a lot of the vocabulary, and the leftover Greek letters were used for numbers--I M V D, etc.

47 posted on 04/27/2006 11:25:47 AM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
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48 posted on 11/27/2009 7:38:40 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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