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Ancient Sumer/ Mesopotamia/ Fertile Crescent Civilization Key concepts worksheet

Ancient Sumer/ Mesopotamia/ Fertile Crescent Civilization Key concepts worksheet
Ancient Sumer/ Mesopotamia/ Fertile Crescent Civilization Key concepts worksheet
Ancient Sumer/ Mesopotamia/ Fertile Crescent Civilization Key concepts worksheet
Ancient Sumer/ Mesopotamia/ Fertile Crescent Civilization Key concepts worksheet
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Ancient Sumer/ Mesopotamia/ Fertile Crescent Civilization Key concepts worksheet

Civilization Characteristics of Ancient Sumer in Mespotamia

Background:
As the history of early Sumer and other civilizations demonstrates, civilization first developed in cities. In fact, the very word civilization comes from the Latin word for cities. However, the development of cities is only one aspect of civilization. Many scholars define civilization as a complex culture with five characteristics. The graphic organizer below shows how Sumer displayed these five characteristics.

Characteristics of Civilizations in Sumer
Complex institutions • Formal governments with officials and laws
• Priests with both religious and political power
• A rigorous education system for training of scribes
Advanced Cities • Uruk- population of about 50,000, which doubled in two centuries
• Lagash-population of about 10,000 to 50,000
• Umma- population of about 10,00 to 50,000
Advanced Technology By Around 3000 BCE
• The wheel, the plow, and the sailboat probably in daily use
• Bronze weapons and body armor that gave Sumerians a military advantage over their enemies
Record Keeping • Cuneiform tablets- records of business transactions, historical events, customs, and traditions
Specialized Workers • Merchants Soldiers Priests Potters Scribes Teachers Metalworkers Government officials Farmers weavers

Questions:
1. Judging from the information on this graphic, what economic activities probably took place in Sumerian Societies?
2. What is the relationship between the development of complex institutions
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