The mountains of Kurdistan, lying
to the south of the Hurrian/Armenian highlands, are one of the most
considerable ranges in western Asia, constituting a formidable
barrier to human movement with their forbidding crags and their densely
wooded slopes. In the 3rdand 2ndmillennia B.C. these mountains
separated two regions of western Asia with quite distinct cultures—the
mountain area and the lowland area. Mount Cudi and these
mountains rise from the Mesopotamian plain.