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Red Sea

Caspian Sea

Black Sea

Aegean Sea

M e d i t e r r a n e a n S e a

Ostrich Egg

Ivory?

Tridacna

(sq.) Shell

Samos

Thasos

Rhodes

IONIA

LYCIA

LYDIA

NUBIA

PHRYGIA

ANATOLIA

SYRIA

JUDAH

GREECE

ARABIA

BABYLONIA

EGYPT

URARTU

ASSYRIA

Olympia

Cyrene

Byblos

Knossos

Delphi

Sardis

Cyprus

Thebes

Arslan Tash

Jerusalem

Crete

Nimrud

Nineveh

Troy

Ashur

Tyre

Memphis

Babylon

Herakleopolis

Bubastis

PHOENICIA

It was the start

of the Iron

Age, in the first

half of the first

millennium

bce

,

and trade routes

wove the Near

East, North

Africa and the

lands of the

Mediterranean

into a deeply

symbiotic web

of cultures.

March/April 2015

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Written by RICHARD COVINGTON

MAP: METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART; NECKLACE: BRUCE WHITE / MUSEO ARQUEOLÓGICO DE SEVILLA;

CAULDRON: BRUCE WHITE / CYPRUS MUSEUM; STATUE: BRITISH MUSEUM

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500 km

500mi