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Oct 23rd, 2009 at 03:47 GMT
Nice quiz! I got 8 of 10. Never would've gotten Susa or Cholula, so I'm happy I got the others. :-) Lisbon was just a wild guess for "Southwest Europe". I never realized it was so old a city ... even though I've been there!
Oct 23rd, 2009 at 04:20 GMT
Awesome! I wonder what the oldest buildings in these cities are... Like, I bet the oldest in Damascus still around is 'only' 3,000 or so. Incredible!
Oct 23rd, 2009 at 15:52 GMT
Woh. Really interesting and really hard. I'd never have got most of these even if you'd changed the timer to allow another 12,000 years!
Oct 24th, 2009 at 01:32 GMT
Very nice quiz...and particularly enlightening, if I might add. :)
Oct 24th, 2009 at 01:44 GMT
Jericho doesn't fit the criteria, the city actually moved location over the years. Also, Acco, Acre, or Akko, however you spell it, in Israel, claims to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.
Oct 24th, 2009 at 03:02 GMT
I think the source is very much a 'pick and choose' old cities piece, rather than a definitive list of the 10 oldest cities in the world. Cholulu has been inhabited since 800bc but I remember from ancient history class dozens of Greek and Egyptian cities that were thriving in that era which are still around today. Still a fun quiz though. Also, at masternachos - the oldest building still standing is the Great Pyramid at Giza, 4600 years old. I'm glad those history classes are finally paying off.
Oct 24th, 2009 at 05:40 GMT
@Ethiopius: I'm not sure what to say for Jericho other than I simply used that source. As for Acre, a quick search gave me 16th century BCE for the earliest reference. That gives a rough age of 3,600 years, which admittedly would get it on this list, but still doesn't put it as the oldest.
Oct 24th, 2009 at 05:42 GMT
@bigal4: I tried to the find the best source I could (that wasn't wikipedia) and that's all I could come up with. I realize it may not be a definitive list and from glancing at the wikipedia list of oldest cities there does seem to be a bit of picking and choosing, but I figured it was better to have a source to point people to rather than just independently researching the 10 oldest. Also, I was actually gonna try to do an oldest building/man made structure still standing quiz but I couldn't find a good source for that either. In any case, I'm welcome to any ideas as to a more definitive source. Thanks for the input guys :-)
Oct 24th, 2009 at 15:46 GMT
Why not use Wikipedia as a source? It has citations and references unlike the source you choose. You should change your title to "10 of the oldest".
Oct 24th, 2009 at 17:15 GMT
Would you rather I use the wikipedia list? I'd be happy to change it, it just seems like I frequently see people complaining about quizzes that use wikipedia as a source. Just let me know. Here's the source I'd use: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_by_time_of_continuous_habitation
Oct 24th, 2009 at 19:01 GMT
spelt damascus wrong, was particularly annoyed as it took me so long to remember it
Oct 24th, 2009 at 20:35 GMT
Fun, fun quiz. For follow up-- how about oldest cities per continent?
Nov 2nd, 2009 at 18:10 GMT
Agree with frey553 about source. I would also like to point that the technically nation of Jericho is the Palestinian Authority.
Apr 4th, 2010 at 07:47 GMT
I agree with the others who object to the source used. It isn't an accurate list-- just some random person wanting to talk about 10 old cities. Wikipedia is not great, but it's at least fact based. As the quiz is now, I thought it was rubbish after neither Sidon nor Aleppo worked, not to mention the dozens of others. Neat idea, though, and certainly fixable!
Apr 5th, 2010 at 17:51 GMT
The source's title isn't accurate, as it says in the text of the article that it's simply a list of old cities that have survived. Not the 10 oldest!
Oct 23rd, 2010 at 18:22 GMT
Changed it to the Wikipedia list, hopefully that will be better. Wherever there was controversy about a city I tried to accept as many answers as possible.
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