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Archaeologists in Iraq have discovered a cultic area near Girsu, also known as Uruku, an ancient Sumerian city which dates to the “early dynastic” period (2950-2350 BC).  More than 300 broken ceremonial cups, jars, and spouted vessels, as well a significant number of animal bones were found in or near a “favissa” (a ritual pit) that was over 8 feet deep.  One of the fragments had an inscription dedicated to Ningirsu, indicating that it was likely involved in a ritual sacrifice dedicated to the famed Mesopotamian warrior-god.  Cuneiform tablets discovered at Girsu in the 19th and 20th centuries described a religious feast held in Ningirsu’s honor twice a year.  This discovery sheds light on Sumerian cultic practices in Mesopotamia from before the time of Abraham. 


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