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Ancient Mesopotamia Amulet

Ancient Mesopotamian Amulet found in Oman


An ancient amulet inscribed with cuneiform writing and dating back to the Mesopotamian civilization has been found during excavations in Dibbia, Musandam in Oman. It has been reported in the times of Oman, that it is the first ever discovery of its kind in the region.

The talisman has the shape of an eye and the letters ‘Di, Jo, la’ are written on it in Cuneiform, the earliest known system of writing. Archaeologists suggest that the talisman was used to cure the diseases of the person who wore it, and that the deity called upon to cure the disease was ‘La Jolla’.

Cuneiform writing was used in ancient Sumeria dating back to at least 4,000 BC. It started with pictograms and very quickly moved on to abstract glyphs – such as the ones discovered in Dibbia. With a set of about 1,000 characters, it has been used and adapted to many different civilizations of that era, including the Hittite and the Old Persian alphabets. However, after several thousand millennia, the form of cuneiform writing was gradually replaced by the Phoenician alphabet.

The fact that an ancient relic of the Mesopotamian civilization has been found in Oman shows the extent of its reach and influence. Mesopotamia is said to be the ‘cradle of mankind’ where the first civilization began, about six thousand years ago in Sumeria. This happened in such a sudden way, like it came out of nowhere and suddenly we had a civilization developing a complex writing system, language and literature, building huge temples and monuments, founding the concepts of justice and morality by building a legal system, creating the concept of kings and priests, developing agriculture, metallurgy and textile industries, having knowledge of astronomy and expanding in an extremely fast way. While the ‘debunkers’ will try to make this look natural, the reality is that if you look at it in an objective way, it seems virtually impossible that this was just a ‘natural’ step in evolution.

The oldest known tablets in the world, the Sumerian tablets, tell a remarkable story – the ‘Gods’, their Masters and Creators, came from above to help them build their world, to pass on knowledge and teach them skills to create their civilization.  Many scholars have even maintained that most of the creation stories in Christianity echo the events described in detail in the Sumerian tablets. Are we to believe that these historical records were mere fairy tales made up by overly creative imaginations?

By John Black



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i have a series of questions that i'm not sure the author can answer, and i'm not asking them to be a jerk or anything, just the things floating around in my head after big is it? was it worn on a necklace? what color? was it a cure-all or disease specific? i do totally agree that people don't wake up one day and decide to build an entire takes work and planning and materials....math, science and industry even in a way...

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John Black

Dr John (Ioannis) Syrigos initially began writing on Ancient Origins under the pen name John Black. He is both a co-owner and co-founder of Ancient Origins.

John is a computer & electrical engineer with a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, a... Read More

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