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Climate may have contributed to end one of Antiquity’s most powerful civilizations

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Republication from  phys.org/

New research suggests it was climate-related drought that built the foundation for the collapse of the Assyrian Empire (whose heartland was based in today’s northern Iraq)—one of the most powerful civilizations in the ancient world.

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Ancient states and tribes in the south-west Fertile Crescent, 9th-8th centuries BC, especially Israel and Judah kdms

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An interesting map of ancient kingdoms, city-states and tribes in the area of south-west Fertile Crescent, 9th-8th centuriesBC. It is supposed to present specifically the kdms of Israel and Judah, but another interesting feature is
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Urban plans of Dur Sharrukin, Assyrian metropolis

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Plan of the citadel of Dur-Sharrukin (Khorsabad).
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City plan of Assur, the Assyrian cradle

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Site plan of Assur, the Assyrian cradle

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Site Plans of Nineveh, Assyrian Imperial capital

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Site Plans of Nineveh, the Assyrian Imperial capital

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Nineveh: City wall and gates.

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City plans of Kalhu (Nimrud), Assyrian metropolis

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Plan of the northwestern palace of Kalhu (Nimrud), one of the ancient Assyrian capitals.


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