Ancient Sumer~ Ava Hillman

Ancient Sumer~ Ava Hillman

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  • Sumerians used  irrigation systems to have clean water to use, and helped them get a regular supply of water. One thing they invented was called the plow, this was invented to prepare soil for planting crops.
  • There social structure put people with better jobs and better social levels higher on the rank, people like priests, kings, nobles, and government officials, as to where slaves, and enimes were the lowest rank. The government told civilians what to do, and organized their lives, so they basically ruled civilization. Civilians also followed the kings orders, because they believed that god supported the kings. One job they had back then was called a scribe, a scribe would record all the laws, and contracts too.
  • Sumerians believed that if hey made art or grew crops, god would help them in the afterlife. One way they expressed their religious beliefs was to go to a ziggurat, these were temples with staircases on the outside, and a shrine on the top.  Sumerians also built statues to worship their gods, and express their religious beliefs. These statues were usually very realistic.
  • Sumerians needed objects, cups, and maybe even wanted some jewelry. There were people who made those for a living, and they were called Metalworkers. The Sumerians also liked to play music, they believed that it pleased the gods. They usually playing instruments in temple ceremonies, to entertain guests. They had one instrument called a lyre, this instrument was made of wood, strings, and a sound box. Sumerians usually decorated their lyre.
  • One important invention the Sumerians made was called the wheel, back in 3500 b.c.e pottery makers used wheels as a surface to shape their pots. Later, they realized it could roll, and used it for carts. Before they made this discovery, they used sledges. Sledges were basically a cart with no wheels.
  •   in Sumerians created a written language named cuneiform, this also means wedge in Latin. They chose this name because they used a sharp wedge to write on clay tablets, to communicate in this language. There was also something called 'pictographs,' these are symbols that stand for real things in the world.  
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