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Originally posted by predator0187
The discovery of a very small fragment of agate stone is causing excitement, as it has a 13th Century BCE cuneiform inscription. Not so surprising, you might think, for an artefact found in Mesopotamia, as the inscription shows that it was part of an object dedicated to the Mesopotamian moon god Sin. But this fragment was found in Malta!
An excavation is being conducted at the site of a megalithic temple, from the late Neolithic Age, in an area on Malta known as Tas-Silg, which is an ancient sanctuary site. The excavation team is lead by palaeontology professor Alberto Casella from the University of Rome (Italy). The main question is how such an article could have found its way so far west and to such a remote location.
One theory is that it may have been looted in a military campaign and then been passed through the hands of merchants and traders. Another theory centres around the high value which would have been placed on the object, which may suggest that the Tas-Silg sanctuary site may have had more significance than previously thought.
I just thought I would bring this to the attention of all you mystery/history buffs here.
I found this story to be quite impressive and as the story itself states, how an article could have found its way so far west. I just thought I would bring it here to get the opinions of some of the more informed people on this site.
Originally posted by Flavian
reply to post by lonewolf19792000
Makes perfect sense, same as how Christianity has basically bastardised other Pagan era cults - i would expect the same from Islam (and Judaism, Buddhism, etc).
Originally posted by Flavian
reply to post by Starchild23
Absolutely. However, it still doesn't necessarily point to this item being from Malta itself - simply that it was found there. For anyone that doesn't know or hasn't checked before, it is well worth looking at the history of Malta. It is one of the world's fascinating places for both good and bad reasons!
Originally posted by MrsBlonde
I'm starting to think that Sumeria was a world wide culture....?
Originally posted by Harte
This quote from the linked magazine page I found disconcerting:
The inscription was translated as a dedication to the Mesopotamian moon god Sin, the father of Ninurta who, for centuries, was the main deity worshiped far to the east in the city of Nippur in Mesopotamia. Nippur was considered a holy city and a pilgrimage site with a scribal school that generated literary texts.
Sin was not Ninurta's father. Sin was Shamash's father. Ninurta's father was Enlil, builder of the city mentioned in the quote (Nippur.)
Nippur has always been known as "Enlil's city." Sin has not so much to do with Nippur, though Ninurta, as the daughter of the city's holy founder, obviously would.
I don't think I'm wrong here. What kind of Archaeology rag makes errors like these (if they are errors - I'm not an expert.)
By the way, the city mentioned - the one built by Enlil - Nippur. It's called Nafar now and still is occupied.
Originally, it's name was Nibiru.
Originally posted by angelchemuel
I apologise if this is off post, but I was fascinated by Nafar/Nippur/Nibiru.
Would you be able to point me in the direction of some online information about this place please? Especially relevant when it was originally called Nibiru.
Thank you for your time
Nippur (Sumerian: Nibru, often logographically recorded as 𒂗𒆤𒆠, EN.LÍLKI, "Enlil City;" Akkadian: Nibbur) was one of the most ancient of all the Sumerian cities. It was the special seat of the worship of the Sumerian god Enlil, the "Lord Wind," ruler of the cosmos subject to An alone. Nippur was located in modern Nuffar in Afak, Al-Qādisiyyah Governorate, Iraq.