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Fertile Crescent Map

map of fertile crescent

The Fertile Crescent is a strip of good land for farming that is curved like a new moon - a crescent moon. It runs up the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and then loops around and goes down the valley between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers - Mesopotamia - to the Persian Gulf. The modern countries of the Fertile Crescent are Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and western Iran.


Learn by doing: go outside and observe a crescent moon
More about the Sumerians

Bibliography and further reading about the Fertile Crescent:

The Sumerians
The Assyrians
The Babylonians
More about West Asia
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Professor Carr holds a B.A. with high honors from Cornell University in classics and archaeology, and her M.A. and PhD. from the University of Michigan in Classical Art and Archaeology. She has excavated in Scotland, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, and Tunisia, and she has been teaching history to university students for a very long time.

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