Origins of Sumer
Although there are several locations within the Armenian Highlands that hosted advanced civilizations much older than Sumer, international academia considers Sumer to be the world's first human civilization. Although highly advanced, the ancient Sumerians were not the world's oldest civilization. According to Sumerian writings, the Armenian Highlands were considered to be a sacred locality, a mythical place where gods dwelt. There are also indicators that Sumerians themselves may have originated in the vicinity of the Armenian Highlands, and were perhaps survivors of a great flood. Some who are well versed in ancient history, may have heard that the Sumerians spoke a "Turkic" language. This proposition by some western academics, namely that Sumerian was a Turkic language was simply based on the agglutinative characteristics of the language. Fortunately, modern linguistics as well as commonsense has now all but abolished the baseless Turkic theory in question. Sumerologists now believe that the language spoken in Sumer was either unique (i.e. has no relations to any known languages on earth) or is a language derived from the Caucasus. Nevertheless, although historians today claim that they do not know where the Sumerians originated from, some Armenian historians claim that they may have originated somewhere within the Armenian Highlands. The following is more-or-less the working theory:
- If the general vicinity of the Armenian Highlands hosted the oldest known advanced human settlements on earth (i.e. settlements predating Sumerian settlements), then logic would dictate that Sumerians emerged from Asia Minor, or the Caucasus. Even before the dawn of Sumerian civilization, various localities within the Armenian Highlands such as Metsamor, Shenkavit, Karahunj, Catal Huyuk and Gobekli Tepe were already prominent cities known for their urban planning, art, theology, astronomy and metallurgy.
- According to Sumerian texts, some of their national gods and goddesses had a close connection to the Armenian Highlands.
- Sumerian beliefs suggest that they thought human life originated within the Armenian Highlands. This belief is echoed by the Sumerian epic tale pertaining to the biblical great deluge.
- Depictions of Sumerians closely resemble Armenian phenotypes.
- Sumerians seem to have built pyramid shaped temples called ziggurats upon the flat topography of Mesopotamia (similar to the ancient Egyptians) primarily to mimic sacred mountains to their north.
- The famous Sumerian epic tale of ARATTA describes the cultural and economic relationship between Sumer and the Armenian Highlands.
- Moreover, the Armenian language shares over a hundred words with the now extinct Sumerian language, evidence that the two contemporary languages were either related or had intimate contact with each other in the ancient world.