The Indus River Valley and Mesopotamia have often been compared throughout history. Mesopotamia, also known as, 'the land between the rivers,' was named for the triangular area between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers. This area extended to and covered modern day Iraq, ancient Assyria and went as far as Babylonia. The Indus civilization is often referred to as the Harappan civilization because that was the first city that archeologist discovered. The Indus River Valley civilization existed in the vast river plains of what are now Pakistan and northwestern India between the Indus and Ganges rivers from about 2800 BC to 1800 BC. Though both civilizations had many things in common, they also differed in some fundamental ways such as town planning, weapons, economy, and technology. Ancient civilizations such as the Indus River Valley and Mesopotamia often traded which lead to the civilizations having many things in common. One of the most prominent similarities is that both civilizations built their houses in the same way, with sun dried bricks. Both civilizations also grew many of the same crops, which led the economy’s too depends mostly on agricultural trade. Mesopotamia and the Indus civilization are both considered some of the most influential ancient civilizations so of course both had very important technological advances. Not only did the peoples of these civilizations use wheeled vehicles but they complex irrigation systems and both respectively had their own written language. Even though both the Indus River Valley and Mesopotamia had many
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