28 May 2010
Vol 328, Issue 5982

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COVER A row of 5000-year-old stone tombs lines a ridge in Al-Ayn, near the village of Bat in the foothills of the Hajar Mountains, Oman. During the third millennium B.C.E., a surprisingly sophisticated culture developed in this region and ultimately linked the early civilizations of the Indus, Iran, and Mesopotamia. See the special News Focus section beginning on page 1092. Photo: Wikimedia Commons