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Message Subject Sumarian tablets VS. The Holy Bible
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However at about this time Hincks was already turning his attention to another mystery. The Assyro-Babylonians who inhabited Mesopotamia for the bulk of the 1st and 2nd millennia BC were a Semitic race, this term deriving from the name of Noah’s son Shem from whom all Semites are thought to be descended; and yet the syllabic values of the Akkadian script could not be linked with Semitic counterparts. He began to suspect that the script must have derived from one developed by previous non-Semitic inhabitants of Mesopotamia. Then in 1869 Oppert delivered a lecture in which he noted that inscriptions contained the phrase King of Sumer and Akkad - and thus the Sumerians were formally rediscovered.
Any lingering doubts about the existence of this non-Semitic race were soon dispelled by the recommencement of excavations, this time in southern Mesopotamia. In 1877 the French began excavations at Telloh (now recognised as the Sumerian city of Lagash), which were continued by successive French teams right through to 1933. In 1887 an American team began work at Nippur, where over the next decade one of the largest sources of mainly Sumerian texts was unearthed; in all some 30,000 fragments were removed from its sacerdotal library. A German team, working at Uruk (the biblical Erech) for nearly 50 years from the turn of the century, discovered 1000 tablets dating as far back as the start of the 3rd millennium BC; as yet these remain the oldest tablets found, and they contain the earliest forms of Sumerian 'pictographic' script. The Germans also dug a proper test pit some 20 metres deep which assisted the understanding of chronological development at this site from the earliest times. Another German team worked at Shuruppak from 1902-3; a French team at Kish from 1912-14; an Anglo-American team again at Kish from 1923-33, under Stephen Langdon; and a British team at Ur (the biblical home of the patriarch Abraham) from 1922-34, under Sir Leonard Woolley.
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