Sumerian ("native tongue") is the language of ancient Sumer, which was spoken in southern Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) from at least the 4th millennium BC. During the 3rd millennium BC, there developed a very intimate cultural symbiosis between the Sumerians and the Akkadians, which included widespread bilingualism.

Sumerian ("native tongue") is the language of ancient Sumer, which was spoken in southern Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) from at least the 4th millennium BC. During the 3rd millennium BC, there developed a very intimate cultural symbiosis between the Sumerians and the Akkadians, which included widespread bilingualism.

Elamite Dog Amulet of the goddess Gula, Circa 3rd Millennium BC In ancient Elam, the significance of the dog was related to the goddess Gula, since they were her sacred animals. As the goddess of healing and patroness of doctors, these gold amuletic dogs may have been thought to have healing powers.

Elamite Dog Amulet of the goddess Gula, Circa 3rd Millennium BC In ancient Elam, the significance of the dog was related to the goddess Gula, since they were her sacred animals. As the goddess of healing and patroness of doctors, these gold amuletic dogs may have been thought to have healing powers.

A Sumerian limestone triple human headed mace-head amulet, c. 3rd Millennium BC, the three heads radiating from a central spheroid with vertical hole for suspension, each detailed with large circular eyes, horizontal mouth, notched forehead indicating hair or a headdress and incised lines on bottom.

A Sumerian limestone triple human headed mace-head amulet, c. 3rd Millennium BC, the three heads radiating from a central spheroid with vertical hole for suspension, each detailed with large circular eyes, horizontal mouth, notched forehead indicating hair or a headdress and incised lines on bottom.

Jiroft culture, Shahr-e Soukhteh, Sistan and Baluchistan Province, Iran, 3rd millennium BC. A "Jiroft culture" has been postulated as an early Bronze Age (late 3rd millennium BC) archaeological culture, located in what is now Iran's Sistan and Kermān Provinces.

Jiroft culture, Shahr-e Soukhteh, Sistan and Baluchistan Province, Iran, 3rd millennium BC. A "Jiroft culture" has been postulated as an early Bronze Age (late 3rd millennium BC) archaeological culture, located in what is now Iran's Sistan and Kermān Provinces.

A Sumerian limestone bullhead protome, circa mid 3rd millennium B.C.E.

A Sumerian limestone bullhead protome, circa mid 3rd millennium B.C.E.

Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) - Top View Patan in Gujarat, India Photographer: Dushyant Patel (via 500px.com)  Rani-ki-Vav, on the banks of the Saraswati River, was initially built as a memorial to a king in the 11th century AD. Stepwells are a distinctive form of subterranean water resource and storage systems on the Indian subcontinent, and have been constructed since the 3rd millennium BC.  It was added to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites on 22 June 2014. unesc...

Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) - Top View Patan in Gujarat, India Photographer: Dushyant Patel (via 500px.com) Rani-ki-Vav, on the banks of the Saraswati River, was initially built as a memorial to a king in the 11th century AD. Stepwells are a distinctive form of subterranean water resource and storage systems on the Indian subcontinent, and have been constructed since the 3rd millennium BC. It was added to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites on 22 June 2014. unesc...

Rani Ki Vav (Queen's stepwell) in Patan, Gujarat, India - declared world heritage site by UNESCO

Rani Ki Vav (the Queen's Stepwell) in Patan, Gujarat, India

Rani Ki Vav (Queen's stepwell) in Patan, Gujarat, India - declared world heritage site by UNESCO

The Xerez Cromlech (Cromeleque do Xerez) is a megalithic structure of standing stones (menhir) around one central stone. The site has been reconstructed since the stones had to be moved to keep them from being submerged by the Alqueva reservoir. They have been placed in a quadrangular shape instead of a circle, which is unusual. Construction is estimated to have taken place sometime between the early 4th to mid-3rd millennium BC. The site is located near Monsaraz, Portugal.

The Xerez Cromlech (Cromeleque do Xerez) is a megalithic structure of standing stones (menhir) around one central stone. The site has been reconstructed since the stones had to be moved to keep them from being submerged by the Alqueva reservoir. They have been placed in a quadrangular shape instead of a circle, which is unusual. Construction is estimated to have taken place sometime between the early 4th to mid-3rd millennium BC. The site is located near Monsaraz, Portugal.

Ancient & Medieval History - Аssyrian Jewelry Chain (Grave Goods), from Ashur, Middle Assyrian Period, c. 14th-13th Century BC Currently located in the Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin.

Ancient & Medieval History - Аssyrian Jewelry Chain (Grave Goods), from Ashur, Middle Assyrian Period, c. 14th-13th Century BC Currently located in the Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin.

#Nida (#Lithuania) has not only a special place in our heart, but also a place in UNESCO World Heritage Sites list! 🏛😍 It is a unique piece of land, which formed about 3rd millennium BC. 🤓 A glacial moraine served as its foundation; winds and sea currents later contributed enough sand to raise and keep the formation above sea level. 🌊 The most beautiful part of it is the Parnidis dune, but this beauty is very fragile and people should only take designated paths to climb it. 😊 In 40…

#Nida (#Lithuania) has not only a special place in our heart, but also a place in UNESCO World Heritage Sites list! 🏛😍 It is a unique piece of land, which formed about 3rd millennium BC. 🤓 A glacial moraine served as its foundation; winds and sea currents later contributed enough sand to raise and keep the formation above sea level. 🌊 The most beautiful part of it is the Parnidis dune, but this beauty is very fragile and people should only take designated paths to climb it. 😊 In 40…

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