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From Mardin I took a coach to Adana. The ride goes along the edges of the Tauros Mountain range. As this area is the gateway between the Mesopotamian plain and the Mediterranen the area is one of the most fought for during more than 3000 years. From Gaugamela (today's Arbil) in the East , Carcemish on the Euphrates, to the Issus plain near Ceyhan/Adana in the East. Numerous tells (settlement hills) are testimony of the sedentary live that started here about 5000 years ago.