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HIS112 Paper #1 - Ryan Fessler HIS112 The Need for Water in...

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Ryan Fessler HIS112 11/10/2010 The Need for Water in Ancient Societies Water today is looked at very commonly. We use it everyday and pretty much have an unlimited supply of it in today’s age. Back in the ancient times, however, water was very important and valuable to growing cities. Ancient Mesopotamian cities developed many different methods to gather as well as store water. The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers flowed fast and carried a large amount of soil. Methods of irrigation were needed in separating the soil and the water. Water was a necessity if a city wanted to survive and also continue to expand. It had affects on the technological, economic, political, and legal development of growing ancient societies. Obviously, technological advances had to be made to create these different types of irrigation, and many people had to be involved to complete the tasks. Irrigation was vital: ditches, canals, streams, deltas, and machines were a must for water to be gathered and stored. These ditches would have to be dug out occasionally to clear out any soil. Sometimes, new ditches had to be dug because the older ones were filled and unable to be dug out. Machines had to be thought of, tested, and built to ensure water was properly gathered and stored. It could take one person to several people to operate these machines; even animals were used to run different machines. These machines were an important part in the development of irrigation. Perhaps raw materials from other cities were needed to construct these machines, thus enhancing the political development between cities. Laws were probably needed as well to prevent one city from hogging all
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Ryan Fessler HIS112 11/10/2010 of the water or blocking it off from other cities. Not only did irrigation provide water to these cities, it gave the citizens a form of employment.
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