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This is preliminary, since comments are too limiting for this kind of discussion. Hopefully this answer will be evolving with the question. There are quite some intricacies involved in answering this question properly. The first hurdle is about definitions. Graeber states in accompanying endnote: Obviously I am distinguishing the term here from the ...


"How would" is hypothetical and I can't delve into that here. "How did they?" That is answerable, but apparently not to satisfaction. We do not know for sure. But as far as we understand the texts, it seems to have been not very precise in these very early times. Take note that "Sumerians" is referring to a time period really early. With texts ranging from ...

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