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  • Archaeologists Find Evidence of War a Millennium Earlier Than Expected

    The traditional view of the development of civilization held that cities first appeared in the Fertile Crescent in about 3000 BC. The early Sumerians were, judging from the record they left behind, a gentle people who waged war as needed, but who seemed more interested in less violent occupations. Evidence of a wealthy urban settlement about a thousand years earlier has gradually emerged in Syria, a thousand miles to the northwest of the Sumerian sites. And the Syrian site, Brak, also shows evidence of organized violence on a large scale.

    The story of Brak and the twenty-five-year effort to unlock its secrets, makes fascinating reading. It speaks to the nature of civilization itself the near-simultaneous appearance of urban settlements, writing, and war. Here’s a link to the article in Discovery Magazine.




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