mesopotamian civilization

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  • Over seven thousand years ago, people started farming on the lands of Mesopotamia located between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers in southwest Asia.
  • The southern part of Mesopotamia was called Sumer where it is hot and dry during summer. The rivers flooded and covered the land with rich soil good for growing plants. In Northern Mesopotamia, the land is made up of hills and plains. It is quite fertile due to seasonal rains, and the rivers and streams flowing from the mountains.
  • The people built irrigation canals to make river water flow into the field of crops. They grew so much food so other people did not have to farm but made goods such as baskets and pots.
  • As the people produced more goods, they became wealthy, then villages grew into towns and then into cities. Ur was the center of Sumerian civilization where thousands of people lived.
  • They had a government which was headed by a King with the nobles. They were the ones who made the law, declared war and decided how to honor the gods, but there is an assembly of people can ove
  • One of their greatest architectural creations was the Ziggurat at Ur which served as an administrative center for the city, and which was a shrine of the moon god Nanna, the patron deity of Ur.
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