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EmeKur is a reference to Sumerian eme-kur2-kur2  emekurkur or “different languages”. The word occurs in the myth of Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta, which narrates how the gods created confusion by “putting different languages in the mouths of men” – an early version of the Tower of Babel story.

The choice of a Sumerian name for the site is obvious. Sumerian is one of the earliest languages for which we have direct attestation, it is recorded in one of the first and few original writing systems developed by mankind, and it also happens to be a language isolate.