Other Archaeological Sites / The Neolithic of the Levant (500 Page Book Online)
Selected Excerpt on the Levant
Designation of the region in the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea: Israel -- Lebanon -- Syria -- Jordan. The word comes from the French word lever which means to rise in English and is an equivalent of the Arabic Mashriq -- the country where the sun rises. The introduction of the word in world vocabulary came with the French mandate of Syria and Lebanon which lasted from 1920 until the mid-1940's ...