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Who Made the First Kiss? Archaeology Offers a Solution.

A married academic couple has “corrected the record” about their lengthy history of making out.

Troels Pank Arboll and Sophie Lund Rasmussen’s Love Story

This is a story about love: Sophie Lund Rasmussen and Troels Pank Arboll had their first kiss of the night in the spring of 2008, long before any evidence of the first-ever human kiss was discovered. They had met at a pub a week earlier while they were both University of Copenhagen undergraduates. According to Dr. Rasmussen, “I had asked my cousin if he knew any nice single guys with long hair and long beards.” “Yes, I will present you to one,” he answered.On the other hand, Dr. Arboll had been looking for a partner who shared his enthusiasm for Assyriology, the study of Mesopotamian languages, and the literature written in them. He told her there weren’t many people

A Historical View of Kissing’s Inception

Having taken some of the same classes, Dr. Rasmussen answered, “I do.” After learning about it, Dr. Arboll, who teaches Assyriology at the institution now, remarked, “I knew she was a keeper.” After three years, they got married. Dr. Rasmussen is employed as an ecologist at the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit as well as Aalborg University in Denmark. In 2022, over dinner, the couple discussed a new genetic study that linked mouth-to-mouth kissing to the Bronze Age (3300–1200 B.C.), much like a romantic pair of academics might. South Asia was the initial place of the kiss, according to a brief history of kissing included in the paper’s additional materials, which also dates the first

Two Scholars’ Meeting and Marriage

According to a University of Cambridge study, severe smooching developed from the custom of pressing and rubbing noses together, which was the precursor of lip-kissing. She pointed out that kissing had spread to the Mediterranean around the time the Indian how-to sex manual, the Kama Sutra, was published, with the return of Alexander the Great’s armies from Northern India in 300 B.C.But the two believed that wasn’t the beginning of it. Doctor Arboll said, “I told Sophie that I knew of even older accounts written in both the Sumerian and Akkadian languages.” Dr. Arboll specialises in ancient records of medical diagnosis, prescriptions, and healing practices.Hedgehog expert Dr. Rasmussen said, “We double-checked after dinner.”

Historical Studies on Kissing

In cuneiform inscriptions on clay tablets from Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq and Syria) and Egypt, they searched for overt proof of kissing. Their study produced a commentary that was just published in the journal Science. It shifted the date of the first recorded kissing back by 1,000 years and disproved the theory that people from a certain region were the first to kiss. The Danish husband and wife team claimed that kissing dates at least to the late third millennium B.C. and was a common and well-established part of courtship in the Middle East. Dr. Arboll said that kissing was not a custom that developed overnight. Instead, it seems to have been pervasive over

Insights from Ancient Texts: Unraveling the Origins of Kissing

engraved in clay

According to Drs. Arboll and Rasmussen, the earliest documented account of a kiss can be found on the Barton Cylinder, a clay tablet that dates to around 2400 B.C. Named for the professor of Semitic languages at Bryn Mawr College, George Barton, the item was translated 19 years after it was found in the ancient Sumerian city of Nippur in 1899. It is currently housed in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, where Dr. Barton taught religious history and Semitic languages from 1922 to 1931. The artifact’s narrative centres on the creation myth of Sumer and the scarcity of food in Nippur, the ancient Babylonian religious centre and abode of the universe’s king, Enlil. An image of a masculine deity, possibly Enlil, kissing in the second text column

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