Byblos, a city on Lebanon’s Mediterranean coast is thought to have been occupied as early as 8800 BC. Starting as a small fishing village, Byblos witnessed the rise of Phoenician civilization and the spread of the alphabet as Phoenician ships sailed in and out of its port to colonize the Mediterranean coasts. As one of the world’s contenders for longest inhabited city, will Byblos’ far reaching influences tip the scales in ArchaeoMadness?
If you happened to live in Southern Mesopotamia sometime between 3800 BCE and 450 BCE, Ur was THE place to be! As a resident of this important and prosperous port city, located close to where the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers empty into the Persian Gulf, you would have enjoyed wealth and comforts unseen in other Mesopotamian cities. Will Ur still be the city that wows in the ArchaeoMadness showdown?