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Bruce McLaren

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Bruce McLaren is an Australian from rural New South Wales, who left home and just kept on going. He has an academic background in the archaeology and ancient history of the Middle East and Central Asia, regions in which he has both travelled and worked extensively.

McLaren received his doctorate in Middle Eastern Archaeology at the University of Sydney and published the first examination of the military architecture of Bronze Age Jordan in 2003. He has excavated at numerous sites across the Middle East, dating from the Neolithic to the Islamic Periods.

Since he was a boy McLaren always wanted to write. A keen observer of the wide world around him and the experiences to be had therein, he felt an insatiable urge to convey the passions he felt

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Syria. Country Profile From The BBC

When trying to unravel a riddle within a riddle it is best to begin at the beginning...Here is a clear country profile of Syria from the BBC... Read more of this blog post »
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You know I read this book because it was sort of research related and I'm trying to cram my brain with all things Syria and I was mightily surprised to find how excellent the book actually is! You know the old saying "lecturers usually are rubbish re ...more
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I have always loved prose but viewed poetry with suspicion. This is not borne of reading Shakespearean soliloquies during youth, but rather of the nature of most modern poetry. Although not, in fact, a cultural neanderthal, I see too much I dislike i ...more
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