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An "Afro-Asian" civilisation hot -spot?

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    Posted: 23 Jun 2009 at 10:13

The only "landbridge" between the two largest land-masses, Africa and (eur)asia is Sinai(if we see the americas as two). Two of the greatest and most famous ancient centres of civilisation were Egypt and the Easternmost Meditteranean - the"Holy land" , Phoenicia and immediate neighbourhood, a centre for religious history, writing etcetera. Both the asian and african sides of this civilisations "hot spot"were "connected" from prehistoric ages. Perhaps more than a "coincidence"?

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Just like the ancient Vikings think of the seas as highways. Limiting your think to 'Landbridge' ideas doesn't seem too valid
 
For example cinnamon was traded in the middle east more than 1000 BC, the only source was Sri Lanka


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Afroasiatic is what formerly was known as "semitic" civilizations. Peoples that spoke semitic languages, such as the Berber, Egyptians, Arabs, Jews, Phoenicians, Ethiopians and others.

Sure, that was before Afro-lunacy... I mean, Afrocentrism, started to consider Africa an isolated continent, and the pride of the black man.
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If we are going to discuss "trade" then a very clear definition of the characteristics held by the channels is essential. Speaking of "coincidences" is rather murky but proclaiming maritime "highways" is even more misleading.

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The world's two demonstrably oldest civilisations grew up along the Tigris/Euphrates and the Nile the the east and west of each other. For the reasons why EW and WE diffusion is easier than NS or SN see Jareth Diamond.
 
Egypt had nowhere profitableto go westward. The Mesopotamians had difficult unpromising territory to the east. In between the two you had a relatively easy to cross, hard to defend piece of territory. Guess where they were going to fight and build alternating empires.
 
Theoretically it might have been possible to fight across the Red Sea but in an age of chariot warfare the technology just wasn't there.
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1: "Civilisations" in the regions are a lot older than 3000 years, so the example with cinnamon is not so essential.
2: We should not think only trade, but any form of human interaction.
3: Seas has hardly been "highways" ever. The more primitive means of water transportation, the more relative importance of "land-bridges" - or so it may seem, since
4: Even with highly developed sea-transportation, "land-bridges" may gain new roles, as places for transportation between two seas. In this case the Medditteranean, and "western" seas on the one hand and the Read Sea - and Indian Ocean on the other.
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