chapter  3
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Early Urbanization and the Hydraulic Environment

In Chapter 2 we discovered that the hilly and mountainous parts of the Fertile Crescent formed one of the very earliest hearths of domestication. Here we will see that archaeological evidence shows that the growth of villages followed, and that the later development of cities and urbanbased civilizations was a feature of the nearby fertile, riverine lowlands of Mesopotamia (Greek for 'between two rivers') washed by the rivers Tigris and Euphrates.