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Origins Of Farming In The Fertile Crescent
2013-07-06 05:04:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Previously established theories have stated that Mesopotamia, or the "cradle of civilization," was the place where humans began to transition from hunter-gatherers to farmers. However, a new study from archeologists at the University of Tubingen in Germany indicates that prehistoric people living just outside Mesopotamia, but still within the Fertile Crescent, in modern-day Iran cultivated cereal grains between 12,000 and 9,800 years ago....

Massive Ancient Site Unearthed In Cradle Of Civilization
2013-04-05 13:46:55

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A team of British archaeologists from the University of Manchester has discovered what they believe to be a large building complex underground in an area of Iraq near Tell Khaiber. Using a satellite, the team spotted the 87-yard-long building before confirming its presence by way of geographical survey and trial excavations. They now believe this 4,000-year-old building could have had a critical function in Ur, one of the...

NASA Satellites Show Middle East Water Loss
2013-02-12 19:10:45

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists are reporting in the journal Water Resources Research the Middle East river basin is losing large quantities of water. The researchers used a pair of gravity-measuring NASA satellites to find that during a seven-year period, parts of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran along the Tigris and Euphrates river basin have lost 117 million acre feet of freshwater, which is about the equivalent to the Dead Sea. Using NASA's twin...

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2012-09-05 20:36:04

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Ancient sites and cultural heritage are under threat in Syria due to the current conflict. An interdisciplinary team of social and earth science researchers hope that this new discovery, which has major implications for understanding the world's first empire, will help to highlight the importance of protecting Syria's heritage. The conflict that has them worried is the Syrian Civil War, also known as the Syrian Uprising. This...


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sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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