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originally posted by: Baddogma
The ceramics from 6,000 b.c. is certainly interesting, but the monoliths at Gobekli Tepi indicate that humans had been "humaning" in a civilized fashion a few millennia longer than once thought. The Sumerians are less "from out of nowhere" than they were. It only makes sense that writing and domesticated crops and livestock took some time.
I wouldn't be very surprised if the ideas about a high level of civilization being obliterated by the Younger Dryas event weren't correct. I don't mean 19th century ideas about Atlantis or that they were taking the expressway to the burbs, but some intercontinental contact with developed sea routes, organized warfare and such.