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§56 If a man opens an irrigation gate and releases waters and thereby he allows the water to carry away whatever work has been done in his neighbor’s field he shall measure and deliver 3,000 sila of grain per 18 iku of field. Because of the braiding character of the Euphrates, short canals, about 1 km in length could be dug from the numerous river channels and managed by local groups (Pollock 1999). The natural flow of the river and overflow resulted in natural levees, and in the process the riverbed was gradually raised until it flowed above the level of the surrounding land. This made it relatively easy to cut irrigation channels through the natural levee and allow the water to flow by gravity to cultivated fields and gardens. The natural levees with their good drainage were prized for fruit tree cultivation, but irrigation required water lifting technology. The natural vegetation of the alluvial plain provided pasturage for sheep and goats; it was once home to game animals such as jackals, lions, gazelles, onagers, and hyenas, as illustrated in the hunting scenes in
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course HIST 302 taught by Professor Jensic during the Summer '10 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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