Mesopotamia

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? Social Studies Mind Map on Mesopotamia, created by awesomeness42404 on 10/30/2013.
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Mesopotamia
1 Spirtual
1.1 Archaeology has contributed to our understanding of the spiritual beliefs of Sumerians by showing us a tomb with a king lying on a stone table with 70 followers all with goblets of poison in their hands, lined up facing their king. Around the followers are more goblets, jewels, paper, and other things believed to help them in the after life
1.1.1 The belief in afterlife is very important because it encourages people to make good, smart decisions in their first life so they will have a better second life
1.1.1.1 Citizens of Mesopotamia were wiling to pay taxes with their labour because they thought that their afterlife would be better and that the gods would like them more
2 Inventions and technology
2.1 Different occupational options for ancient Mesopotamians included potters, builders, traders, priests and of course farmers.
2.1.1 Some of Mesopotamias best inventions include the wheel, 60 second minute, the calendar, Cuneform (writing on a clay tablet with a stylus), mudbricks, government and education.
2.1.1.1 Specialization in writing has contributed to civilization by allowing are ancestors to record history, trades, stories, recipes, and allowing us to do the samethings plus more.
3 Farming
3.1 Farming in Mesopotamia or modern day Iran and Iraq was possible because of the nice warm climate so the people, plants and animals wouldn't freeze. Easy access to fresh water so plants, people and animals had plenty to drink. Finally fertile soil so the plants would actually grow and the soil was so good in Mesopotamia that it is sometimes called the fertile crescent.
3.1.1 As Mesopotamia started farming more and more they realized that they needed a tool to help them harvest and plow fields faster. That's when Mesopotamians invented the plough, which is pulled by a ox and turns over soil. The other tool was a flint sickle, which was used to cut stalks of corn and heads of wheat, it was like a sword for farming.
3.1.1.1 Farming allowed people to specialize, or in other words it allowed non-farmers to invent, trade, and build communities.Farming is the reason that we have what we have, do what we do, and live the way we want to.
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