Map of West Asia in the Bronze Age and Iron Age
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West Asia Map

map of west asia

West Asia - the Ancient Near East, or the Middle East - was the place where the world's first farmers lived, and where those farmers eventually built the world's first cities. Different cultures arose, and learned from each other: the Sumerians, the Egyptians in the nearby corner of Africa, the Akkadians, the Assyrians, the Israelites, the Hittites.

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More about the Sumerians

Bibliography and further reading about Mesopotamia:

The Sumerians
The Assyrians
The Egyptians
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Professor Carr

Karen Eva Carr, PhD.
Assoc. Professor Emerita, History
Portland State University

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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