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Re: H1N5 (and Bakker's virus extinction hypothesis) now H5N1
this is getting rather ridiculous, I think the point was that the
concept of epidemic contagion was recognized in Meosopotamia
thousands of years ago.
For those who want to pursue this, the official Sumerian cuneiform
letters were discovered in the archives of Mari, a town described as
"an outpost of Sumer" by Jack Sasson, leading Near Eastern scholar,
in Archaeology magazine and his book Civilizations of the Ancient
Near East (2000).
On May 18, 2006, at 3:29 AM, David Marjanovic wrote:
sorry--I oversimplified: the cuneiform tablets about containing
epidemics that I described were found in Mari, a trading outpost of
Sumer's Mesopotamian kingdom. Sumer proper is in what is now Iraq,
but Mari is in modern Syria.
There never was such a thing as "Sumer's Mesopotamian kingdom"; each
of the city-states was entirely independent and had its own king.
Accordingly it is impossible that Mari belonged to such a kingdom.