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The oldest city in the world is........

Asked by Prasad Ugaragol, 16 Jun '08 04:18 pm
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Answered by thyagarajan mahadevan, 16 Jun '08 04:19 pm

 
  
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Answered by rajeev singh, 16 Jun '08 04:24 pm

 
  
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Answering which settlements are the oldest cities in the world is fraught with debate, and guesswork. For example, how does one define city? If city is defined by population, must it be continuously inhabited in order to qualify as one of the oldest cities in the world? Must the oldest cities in the world still exist today?

One way of answering the question about which are the oldest cities in the world is to define city as a largely populous area, and further define that only cities that have been continuously populated count. This helps to clarify which are the oldest cities in the world according to the above criteria. However, listings are still subject to debate even when these two areas are defined.
In spite of controversy, a list of the oldest cities might resemble the following:
Byblos in present-day Lebanon may date back as far as 5000 BCE and is considered by many to be the oldest continuously populated city. Damascus in Syria has existed at least since 3000 BCE. Varans ...more
Answered by L KINI, 16 Jun '08 04:23 pm

 
  
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Jericho is the oldest city in the world -- its history has been traced back more than 10,000 years.

Source: http://www.math.dartmouth.edu/~klyve/travel/israel/jericho/index. html
Answered by Joseph Chacko, 16 Jun '08 05:00 pm

 
  
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Jericho (the name means 'aromatic' ) in the Jordan rift valley close to the route from the valley to Jerusalem is a contender although this location has not been continuously settled throughout history. When first mentioned in the Bible it was inhabited by Canaanites and today it is an Arab town. At other times other peoples chose to live there- more info in the ref

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jericho

Damascus in Syria does have a consensus as the oldest known city with uninterrupted habitation.
Answered by Seven Wonders, 16 Jun '08 04:24 pm

 
  
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