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av Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, 20 meter bort

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B: 9406

av Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, 20 meter bort

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C: 9403

av Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, 20 meter bort

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D: 9306

av Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, 790 meter bort

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E: 9302

av Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, 790 meter bort

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F: 9305

av Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, 800 meter bort

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G: 9304

av Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, 800 meter bort

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H: 9303

av Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, 800 meter bort

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I: 9301

av Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, 830 meter bort

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J: 9102

av Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, 1.2 km bort

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Modern civilization began right here in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley. Also known as the Fertile Crescent or Mesopotamia, this is the place where, six thousand years ago, agriculture, writing and mathematics were brought into widespread use.

The term "Middle East" comes from the British navy, which used it to describe the countries on the trade route from Europe to India and China. Everything from Afghanistan to Morocco may possibly be classified as "middle eastern", depending on whom you ask -- and when.

Only a partial list of past Empires in the middle eastern territory includes Sumeria, Babylonia, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and the Roman Empire!

When northern Europe was still lurking about in slimy cold stone castles playing chess, the Middle East was enjoying the flowers of poetry, luxurious craftsmanship, music and literature. In fact, the Renaissance in Europe was partly inspired by stories brought back from the middle east by travelers along the trade route.

Strategic location, religious history and the world's largest supply of crude oil have kept the Middle East at the center of world activity for centuries. The saga continues.

Text by Steve Smith.

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