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Regions and extent of the ancient Near East: Egypt, Mesopotamia, Middle East (Levant), Anatolia, Caucasus, Cana'an, Cyprus, CreteUgarit, Sumer, Elam, Akkad, Hattusa, Hittites, Arzawa, Mittani, AssurMediterranean, Black Sea, Red Sea, Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf

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  • The chronology used in articles needs to be standardized to the middle chronology where applicable (or use the most commonly cited dates). Conflicting dates in other chronologies should also be provided, preferrably in a note or something to that effect to avoid clutter. Ichthyovenator (talk) 12:59, 13 August 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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  • A number of the early/prominent ANE articles were largely cribbed from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. We have been weeding that out over the years but there are still a few articles that are heavily infested. To my knowledge the main offenders are Babylon, Ur, Nippur, and Lagash, though there may be non-site articles equally problematic that I am unaware of. If someone felt inspired a good task would be to rewrite/reref the bad parts of one.Ploversegg (talk) 12:51, 31 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • We are starting to see the overuse of Tertiary Sources like "World History Encyclopedia" and "Encyclopedia Iranica". Tertiary Sources should always be a last resort. They are third hand information. Always strive for primary or even secondary sources first.Ploversegg (talk) 12:51, 31 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Oriental Institute links edit

It appears that when the Oriental Institute recently changed its name (I know) their web site changeover broke some OI paper links. Some are ok, some are not. Oriental Institute Publication series appears to be all bad while Oriental Institute Communications work. I actually powered up and emailed them. Consider this a heads up about possible broken links and maybe having to do a ugly link fixing thing, hopefully not. Bonus - if you go to the new doc location [1] the download there just wedges.Ploversegg (talk) 17:59, 28 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Unlocated cities edit

It amused me to refresh all the notable "lost cities" articles I could remember so I did Akkad, Akshak, Kesh, Ekallatum, Irisaĝrig, Kazallu, Diniktum, Hamazi, Lagaba, Rapiqum, Dūr-Abī-ešuḫ, Tummal, Larak, Opis, and Washukanni. And Simurrum which I'm not 100% sure was a site vs area but since it was destroyed at least 9 times seems notable. And I might as well mention Karkar and Enegi which I didn't work on. I feel like I've forgotten a couple though so if this comes to you let me known or feel free. Thanks.Ploversegg (talk) 19:45, 14 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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