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...and the granite sanctuary-observatory of Steppe pyramid (still venerated by Tibetan llamas)...
Inana bids him send a messenger to Aratta, who ascends and descends the "Zubi" mountains, and crosses Susa, Anshan, and "five, six, seven" mountains before approaching Aratta.
Several locations across Iran have been tentatively suggested as probable identifications of Aratta. However, when we learned that there was firm evidence of it having been on the territory of modern-day Ukraine we immediately accepted an invitation from Dr. Volodymyr Krasnoholovets to meet Dr. Yuri Shilov (his close friend and author of this book) and to join in a small party that they would conduct to various significant Arattan sites across Ukraine.
My observation is that there was an unknown pre-Thracian advanced civilization living around the coastline of the lake /now The Black Sea/ before The Great Flood. So why not in Ukraine.
originally posted by: MaxTamesSiva
a reply to: Madrusa
From what I understand, Anatoly Kifishin, a Sumerian scholar was the one who deciphered the petrogylphs and proto-Sumerian scripts inside the caves and grottoes of Shu Nun, Kamyana Mohyla site. The Sumerian deities such as Gatumdug, Nandar, Utu, Enlil and Anu were mentioned in the scripts and even the... Anunnaki! It was said to be dated 20,000 BC. That's mind boggling if proven right.
originally posted by: Kantzveldt
a reply to: MaxTamesSiva
Kamyana Mohyla is an interesting site and doesn't need to be confused with the Sumerian tradition of Aratta, there is absolutely no possible relationship, the origins of Uruk culture which formed the basis for Sumerian lay in the Ubaid and that had it's origins in Iran.
Beyond the Ubaid
Sumer was the southernmost region of ancient Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq and Kuwait) which is generally considered the cradle of civilization. The name comes from Akkadian, the language of the north of Mesopotamia, and means “land of the civilized kings”. The Sumerians called themselves “the black headed people” and their land, in cuneiform script, was simply “the land” or “the land of the black headed people”. In the biblical Book of Genesis Sumer is known as Shinar.
Mesopotamia (from the Greek, meaning 'between two rivers’) was an ancient region in the eastern Mediterranean bounded in the northeast by the Zagros Mountains and in the southeast by the Arabian Plateau, corresponding to today’s Iraq, mostly, but also parts of modern-day Iran, Syria and Turkey. The 'two rivers' of the name referred to the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers and the land was known as 'Al-Jazirah' (the island) by the Arabs referencing what Egyptologist J.H. Breasted would later call the Fertile Crescent, where Mesopotamian civilization began.
Babylon is the most famous city from ancient Mesopotamia whose ruins lie in modern-day Iraq 59 miles (94 kilometres) southwest of Baghdad. The name is thought to derive from bav-il or bav-ilim which, in the Akkadian language of the time, meant ‘Gate of God’ or `Gate of the Gods’ and `Babylon’ coming from Greek. The city owes its fame (or infamy) to the many references the Bible makes to it; all of which are unfavourable. In the Book of Genesis, chapter 11, Babylon is featured in the story of The Tower of Babel and the Hebrews claimed the city was named for the confusion which ensued after God caused the people to begin speaking in different languages so they would not be able to complete their great tower to the heavens (the Hebrew word bavel means `confusion’).
Assyria was the region in the Near East which, under the Neo-Assyrian Empire, reached from Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) through Asia Minor (modern Turkey) and down through Egypt.
But does it need to be the most far fetched option??
(Not referring to you or the op just in general)
Is it more likely that by advanced we mean "had agriculture and a little bit of Bronze/copper work, but 5 thousand years early..an amazing achievement!!