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But if Uruk was the first town, ie pre-dates Jericho, then we're talking 10,000 years. And there are towns in Turkey that are older than Jericho with sophisticated stone work. So, the events that inspired the Saga of Gilgamesh probably originates from the middle Ice age. Way before Nineveh.
keep to the Fen Causeway
I take your point therefore in defense of volumes of historiography published by "professional" and amateur classicists that deviate in any respect from eurocentric, judeo-christian "interpretations" of The Evidence. Hell, that deadline 8,000 BCE (canon, first "civilization")? It is whimsical, strictly speaking as dating conventions on which all sorts of ancillary research relies have been upset by supposed hi-fi material analyses several times in the last 50 years.
So too are toponymic conventions :) among the ancients and the interpreters. Cunieform Ugaritic and Hurrian or Linears A and B, don't translate themselves, yo. Elsewhere, oral "tradition" is SOL on the *Matters-Meter.
I promoted this one article, for example, and a couple of pertinent lectures (previously) to illustrate the state of play in sociology of knowledge. Premium added to "greek" democracy is fading.
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