Research Notes – Olive Trees (plus ties to Baalbek, Bird/Plane, stone steps/path, destruction & a news story from Lebanon)

Planting of olive tree appeared first in the zone of the Mediterranean region about 6000 years ago, most of studies inferred that the primordial place for cultivation of olive tree is the eastern part of Mediterranean basin region, especially in Syria and Palestine. Olive tree has been found since the Stone Age (i.e.- Before more than 12000 years), and its cultivation became more obvious in the third millennium B.C in Syria and Palestine. . . Olive tree cultivation is considered as one of the main agricultural production fields in The Arab homeland and the world. It is characterize by it’s historical, economic, nutritional and strategic importance, olive is considered also as one of the most important products in Syria .according to the recent statistics of agricultural and food organizations, the area of lands planted with olive tree mounts to million hectares, that constitutes about 95% of lands have been cultivated with olive tree in the world since hundred years. (more…)

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Research Notes – Delphi (and other Sacred Sites of Asia Minor), Delphi & Baalbek comparison

The Temple of Apollo, Delphi. The temple was repaired after a 3rd century fire and still stood in late antiquity at the top of the Sacred Way. As an empty ruin? Perhaps even as a monument to the Christian victory over pagan cult? Either way, it appears never to have been converted for Christian use. (more…)

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Research Notes – Baalbek Ruins, Lebanon (and Salah Ad-din)