Harriet Crawford is Reader Emerita at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and Senior Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
...The marshes and plains of southern Iraq, known as Sumer from about 3000 BCE, were very productive, though the plain needed irrigation before cultivation was possible. The area lacked certain essentials like good-quality stone and strong...
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