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Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:35:31 -0700

They include Aramaic-speaking Christians, Yazidis, a faith that traces to ancient Mesopotamia, the Shabak, an offshoot of Islam, and Mandeans, a gnostic faith. Most fled as extremists neared their communities, fearing they'd be killed or forcibly ...
 
Lansing State Journal
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:56:15 -0700

In response to the letter “God is creator of marriage” (Opinion, Aug. 13): Which god? Marriage was practiced long before Christianity. Some traditions began in ancient Mesopotamia and Babylonia. Many pre-Christian civilizations practiced same-sex marriage.
 
decanter.com
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:52:02 -0700

Surviving ancient texts mention wine cellars and wine drinking during feasts around the Bronze Age period in the Mediterranean region, as well as in ancient Mesopotamia, but physical evidence has proved hard to find. All of the clay jars tested at the ...

Scientific American (blog)

Scientific American (blog)
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:02:51 -0700

We started the semester in ancient Mesopotamia, trying to understand Babylonian* mathematical notation and decipher Plimpton 322, an enigmatic tablet from about 1800 BCE. The Babylonian number system uses base 60 (sexagesimal) instead of 10.
 
Responding to Climate Change
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:01:03 -0700

Scientists looking at what is known as the “Fertile Crescent” of ancient Mesopotamia have found new evidence that drought caused by climate change brings an end to civilisations. It is the latest study that confirms the threat posed to present ...
 
Popular Archaeology
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:58:18 -0700

... under a regular free subscription); free-lance writer and archaeologist Rebecca Bradshaw tells us about the emerging new discoveries in Iraqi Kurdistan that are revealing how much we still don't know about ancient Mesopotamia; and free-lance writer ...

The Recorder (subscription)

The Recorder (subscription)
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:18:45 -0700

Anderson said war dogs can be traced back to the Corinthian War, an ancient Greece conflict, and the ancient Mesopotamia days. He said they have fought in U.S. conflicts such as both World Wars and Vietnam, and most recently, the wars in Iraq and ...
 
Defense One
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:55:36 -0700

Although it's difficult to determine exactly how old the religion is, scholars believe the Yazidis were one of the Indo-European peoples who lived in ancient Mesopotamia. Around 3,000 B.C.E, when other groups migrated east to India and Iran, the ...
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