Fertile Crescent Map - where was the Fertile Crescent?
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Fertile Crescent Map

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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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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter.
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