Say when people as nomads, and started to form settlements with other people, where would these primitive settlements first started to appear, they would have first started to settle in regions around Israel and Turkey. My question is, where would they have settlements have appeared next, in areas not around the latter, and what reasons would they have for settling here, e.g. fertile lands for crops, natural defences like a hill and large quantities of natural resources, e.g. wood and clay? I would assume rivers and/or places with access to the ocean, but did they have sufficient technology for sea-faring vessels for settling near the ocean to be viable?
Smithsonian was my primary source. By about 14,000 years ago, the first settlements built with stone began to appear, in modern-day Israel and Jordan. "This is a list of dates associated with the prehistoric peopling of the world"
We will call a settlement a " A group of people forming a semi-permanent structure with a permanent population of at least 3-ish or more"