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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Building on Ideas: That first city

The most influential city in human history will be the very first city we built. Sure cities have been bigger and snazzier since that first one but that first city defined the way cities are for every city that followed. We might never know its name, nor where it was, but we know it existed. 
What do we know about that first human city? Not Rome, nor Athens, nor Jerusalem, nor Babylon but they all have aspects of it.
Apart from Sel- which means settlement you can go through the full pie list and extract phonetic subgroups...
The ul phonetic evolved into al-, el-, il-, ol-, ul-. All the protoindoeuropean words that have this group describe a site of significant occupation for a particular subgroup within protoindoeuropeans. 

Wel: to see, to wish, to turn/roll, to tear/pull 
Walso: post 
wal: to be strong 
volcae: celtic tribe name 
tolkw: to speak 
tel: to lift, support weight 
swel: to eat/drink, to shine, post/board 
stel: extend, to put/to stand refering to object or place 
spelgh: spleen 
spel: to split/break off, to shine, say aloud/recite 
skwalo: big fish 
skel: to cut, to be under an obligation, crooked refering to bent body parts 
silo: silent 
Sel: human settlement, of good mood, to take, to jump 
sawel: the Sun 
sal: salt, dirty gray 
pule: gate 
Populus: people 
pol: finger, to touch 
pilo: hair 
phol: to fall 
pelis: rock, cliff 
pele: flat/to spread, citadel/fortified high place 
Pel: dust/flour, pale, to fold, skin/hide, to sell, to thrust/drive/strike, to fill 
ol: to destroy 
obhel: to sweep/pile up 
Molko: skin bag 
melodh: elevation 
Mele: to crush/grind 
Meldh: to speak words to diety, lightning 
mel: soft materials, darkish colour, a limb, strong, bad, wool, to decieve 
kolei: glue 
kelewo: bald 
Kelp: to hold 
kelb: to help 
kel: warm, to strike/cut, to shout, to cover/conceal, to drive/set in motion, to lean/tilt, grey/black/dark, prominent/hill, to prick, to decieve/trick 
gel: form into ball, bright 
elkos: wound 
el: elbow, red/brown, to go 
duellum: war 
Dhelg: to pierce/needle 
Dhelbh: to dig/excavate 
dhel: a hollow 
dhal: to bloom 
del: long, to count, to split/carve, to drip (fat) 
Bhelgh: to swell 
bhelg: a plank/beam 
bheleu: to harm 
bheld: to knock/strike 
bhel: to shine/flash/burn, to blow/to swell, to thrive, to cry out/yell 
Bel: strong 
aulo: hole 
athal: race/family 
Angelos: messenger 
alu: in words related to sorcery, posession, intoxication 
alek: to ward off/protect 
albho: white 
al: beyond, to wander, grow/nourish, to grind/mill, all

Plant, animals, foods implying region 
salik: willow 
pteleya: tree 
Pippali: pepper 
Moulo: moly (a plant) 
Melon: any tree growing fruit 
Melo: small animal 
melit: honey 
melg: to rub off/to milk 
Malakhe: a mallow (a plant of pink or white flowers) 
Kolem: grass reed 
elaia: olive 
kaul: stalk/stem 
Hule: Forest 
Abel: apple

So its a citadel on a high place with cliffs overlooking or near the sea with large fish (perhaps sharks, whales). They worship gods (possibly a god of lightning, and a goddess of the underworld). They have sheep for wool and fine leather cloth, buildings of post and timber beams and wooden thresholds. 
Plants common here are fruit trees including apple and olives . There is a forest nearby with willow, moly.
Food stuffs: pepper, honey, milk they mill grain for flour.
Relations with others: They traded with and argued violently with others.

Potential archeological locations include troy, gibraltar, athens, jerusalem...they all share commonalities inherent in the idea of that original city. A place of common shelter and trade. A fortified citadel above cliffs. A centre of religious belief.

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