Bull Inlay from Sumer
An alabaster inlay of a bull. Early dynastic period, 2750-2300 BCE. From Sumer, southern Mesopotamia, Iraq. (The Burrell Collection...
Burial of the dead is the act of placing the corpse of a dead person in a tomb constructed for that purpose or in...
CDLI - Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative
By making the form and content of cuneiform texts available online, the CDLI is opening pathways to the rich historical tradition...
Cradles of Civilization - From Babylon to China
Dr. Neiman describes the connection between Sumer, Babylon and the development of Chinese civilization.
Cradles of Civilization - Gudea of Lagash
In part eight of his lecture, Dr. Neiman explains that as the alphabet triumphs, cuneiform fades away. Further, he describes...
Cradles of Civilization - Creating the Year 'One
In this concluding segment of Dr. David Neiman's "Cradles of Civilization" (lecture two), Dr. Neiman discusses the way...
Cradles of Civilization - The Lunar/Solar Calendar
The Babylonians developed a calendar based on the moon and sun cycles. The Lunar calendar was designed to work in conjunction...
Cradles of Civilization - The Ziggurat
In part six of his nine part lecture on the Near East, Dr. Neiman discusses the importance of Sumer's influence on Egypt...
Cuneiform is a system of writing first developed by the ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia c. 3500-3000 BCE. It...
Writing is undeniably one of humanity's most important inventions. The earliest forms of storing information on objects...