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Cappadocian trade
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: The trade that was carried out between Assyria and the regions of Cappadocia in the 2nd millennium BC. Trade was mostly in tin and textiles shipped via Assur from the east and south, in exchange for copper from Anatolia. There are many cuneiform tablets documenting this Mesopotamian trading system.
Persian Gulf trade
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: The maritime trading of the 3rd and early 2nd millennia BC between Mesopotamia and Dilmun, Magain, and Meluhha. The busiest Mesopotamian sites were Lagash and Ur and the other three places' names are known from cuneiform texts. Combined with archaeological information, it has been determined that Dilmun corresponds to the Barbar culture of the Persian Gulf, Magain relates to Umm an-Nar in southwest Arabia, and Meluhha is identified with the Harappan culture area.
balustrade
CATEGORY: structure
DEFINITION: A row of ornamental supports for a railing or low colonnade. The term also applies to an enclosure or parapet composed of ballisters or other materials designed to prevent falls from elevated architectural elements such as roofs and balconies.
down-the-line trade
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: An exchange system in which goods are traded from a source area and then from group to group, resulting in a steady decline in the item's abundance in sites farther from the source
port of trade
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: Any town or city whose specific function is to act as a meeting place for foreign traders. It serves as a center for transshipment and storage of goods; the site is characterized by facilities for storage. Ports of trade, such as Tyre and Sidon, may have been important models of early long-distance trade.
trade
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: The transmission of material objects from one society to another; the buying and selling or exchange of commodities between nations or trading parties. Trade is a descriptive cultural model used in the culture historical approach.

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