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Life in Ancient Mesopotamia

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Click to edit Master subtitle style 5/6/09 Life in Ancient Mesopotamia By: Jenn Bexiga, Kevin Maio, Alex Berry, Lindsay Robidoux, and Jen Orcutt “The land between two Rivers”
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Introduction Sumerians inhabited this land from Turkish Plateau Man changed from being a hunter-gatherer
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Geography Mesopotamia means "The land between the rivers” between the Tigris and Euphrates
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5/6/09 What was Mesopotamia Like? Climate ranged from seasons of cool to hot seasons Temperatures often reached over 110 degrees Fahrenheit Experienced moderate rainfall Environment located in the present day country of Iraq once dominated by floods land along the rivers produced such crops as Wheat (main farming crop) Barley Sesame
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5/6/09 Trade and Commerce Established because of irrigation and wheat Established agriculture Did not have lots of natural resources Had no choice but to trade
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5/6/09 trade Farmers could grow more food then they could eat Surplus used to trade for goods and services Trade occurred based on need Used the rivers to transport goods
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5/6/09 Commerce As trading occurred, an economic system was built There was no “money” system used Used a barter system Developed a writing system Scribes kept track of buying and selling
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