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Kish civilization

Kish, modern Tall al-Uhaimer, ancient Mesopotamian city-state located east of Babylon in what is now south-central Iraq. According to ancient Sumerian sources it was the seat of the first post-diluvian dynasty.

The Dynasty of Kish, was the first city founded after the Deluge, according to most Sumerian King Lists. The founders of Kish were Sumerians: non-Semitic black-haired people of an unknown origin. In the early 3rd millennium BC, Kish was a Semitic city. Although it was one of the provincial outposts of Sumerian civilization, it had a cultural style of its own.

Their occupation of the site at Kish began in the Jemdet Nasr Period (3200-2900 BC), but this was ended by the archaeologically-attested flood of between 2900-2800BC in Sumer, which left deposits in Kish.

The civilization quickly grew to include dozens of cities, like Ur, Kish, and Uruk. As Sumerian cities exploded in size, Sumer emerged as one of the world’s first great agricultural societies.

The Sumerian language is the oldest linguistic record and it first appeared in archaeological records around 3100 B.C. and dominated Mesopotamia for the next thousand years.
Kish civilization

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