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Dig Looks at Society Just Before Dawn of Urban Civilization in the Middle East

April 6, 2010

excavation in Syria A team of archaeologists is excavating a key site from the prehistoric society that formed the foundation of urban life in the ancient Middle East. The site already has yielded evidence of trade in obsidian, rich agricultural production and the development of copper processing--all of which flourished long before people domesticated pack animals for transportation or invented the wheel. Full Story

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