ancient sumer Brynlee

ancient sumer Brynlee

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  • stable food supply the Sumerians main concern was to get enough food and water for everyone to survive. They built many things such as canals,dams,and reservoirs to provide their crops with a regular water supply
  • social structure and goverment There were different jobs and social levels. at the highest level were kings, priests, nobles and government officials. At the middle level were merchants and artisans. At the bottom level their were slaves. Most slaves were enemies and the Sumerians captured them during the war.
  • religion the Sumerians built buildings out of brick and mud called Ziggurats. They believed that their gods lived in them. 
  • the arts the Sumerians made paintings music and architecture. People believed that music brought joy to gods and people alike. Also one of there favorite instruments was small harp called a lyre. It was a wooden instrument made of a sound box and strings. Architects designed temples and Ziggurats.
  •                                              technology The most important technological advancement was the wheel. They made the wheel by clamping pieces of wood together. Before the wheel they had sledges that carried their goods. Wheeled carts made it easier to carry their goods long distance because they did not get stuck in the mud and could support heavy loads.
  • writing the sumer language was called cuneiform. It comes from the Latin  word  "wedge". They used Pictographs. Pictographs are symbols that stand for real objects, such as a snake or water
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