Fertile Crescent


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Fertile Crescent,

historic region of the Middle East. A well-watered and fertile area, it arcs across the northern part of the Syrian desert. It is flanked on the west by the Mediterranean and on the east by the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, and includes all or parts of Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. From antiquity this region was the site of settlements and the scene of bloody raids and invasions.

Fertile Crescent

an area of fertile land in the Middle East, extending around the Rivers Tigris and Euphrates in a semicircle from Israel to the Persian Gulf, where the Sumerian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Phoenician, and Hebrew civilizations flourished
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More DNA from ancient people east of the Fertile Crescent is needed to confirm that people spread from Iran eastward, says anthropologist Christina Papageorgopoulou of the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece.
However, now it appears that "different populations in different parts of the Fertile Crescent were coming up with similar solutions to finding a successful way of life," added co-author Stephen Shennan of UCL's Institute of Archaeology, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
spontaneum) is still widely distributed along the Fertile Crescent, particularly in the driest areas (Harlan and Zohary 1966).
I would also be wary of the Shia-Sunni violence in the Fertile Crescent and its possible infection of India.
The title The Fertile Crescent plays as a pun on both the essentialist view of women and its Orientalist associations derived from the University of Chicago archaeologist James Henry Breasted's use of the term early in the twentieth century.
Moreover, they boast a rich culture and history that includes the Fertile Crescent, the Pyramids of Giza, the monumental architecture of Andalusia, and the ever famous mosaic designs of Morocco.
Iraq and Syria have been described as the pillars of the Arab Fertile Crescent.
But the big question is whether a nuclear deal with Iran will cool the rapidly intensifying Sunni-Shia conflict that threatens to suck in the whole of the Fertile Crescent and the Arabian Peninsula.
Second, with the end of the Ba'ath regime in Iraq and the advent of the "Arab Spring", the Fertile Crescent (comprising three mixed sectarian weak states, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon) has grown more susceptible to the neoimperial ambitions of these periphery powers.
strategic position southwest of the Fertile Crescent which embraced an area stretching from the very base of Mesopotamia through
The economic progress that would come with peace has to be put in the context of the Fertile Crescent overall," adds Balik.
We inherited most of our domesticated species in the last 20,000 years from the Fertile Crescent, through the ancient Greeks and Romans.