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Why do we study the Middle East and North Africa together? (think about what they have in common) • You should be able to identify the Middle East and North Africa on a world map, and recognize several countries in these regions

Types of maps – political and physical • Political maps show boundaries of states and countries, major roads, capitals • Physical maps show physical features of the land like mountains, plains, volcanoes

Types of geography (geography = the study of the earth) – physical and human • Human geography studies where people are in the world, what the people are like who live in certain areas, how people impact geography (for example, population density) • Physical geography studies landforms and physical features of the earth

Paleolithic Age – 2.5 million BCE to 8000 BCE • Humans were nomadic (were constantly moving) • Evolved (slowly changed and advanced) by learning to walk upright, making stone tools, etc.

Neolithic Revolution (Agricultural Revolution) – occurred in 8000 BCE • During this revolution, humans stopped being nomadic and settled down into communities and villages (which would later develop into civilizations thousands of years later) • Humans being FARMING (agriculture) – this allowed people to have much more food than they previously had, which made life easier o At the same time, there was a separation between the work that men and women did o Warriors also became important

Characteristics of civilizations – record keeping, advanced cities, specialized workers, advanced technology, complex institutions (like religion, government, military)

First civilizations began around rivers, which provided water and fertile soil for people to farm • The civilization of Mesopotamia (also known as the Fertile Crescent) developed around…...

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