Mesopotamia Webquest

By: Kelvonna Vick

The Historian

Mesopotamia Civilization

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Requirements of Civilization

1. Urban revolution

2. New political and military structures

3. Social structures based on economic power

4. The development of writing

6. Distinct religious structure

7. New forms of artistic and cultural activity

Importance of Hummurabi's Laws

Hammurabi created the first written set if laws. It didn't matter if you we're rich or poor, if ou broke the law and you were guilty you would be punished. So everyone was expected to obey them.

5 Hammurabi Laws

1. If only one ensnare another putting a ban upon him, but he cannot prove it, then he that ensnare him shall be put to death.

2. If he satisfy the elders to impose a fine of grain or money, he shall receive the fine that the action produces.

3. If the owner do not bring witness to identify the lost aritcle, he is an evil-doer, he has traduced and shall be put to death.

4. If any one steal the minor son of another,

He shall be put to death.

5. If he hold the slaves in his house, and they are caught there he shall be put to death.

King Gilgamesh Story

Gilgamesh was a powerful king that ruled the city of Uruk. King Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu got tired of everyday life in Uruk. They wanted to find adventure and see the world. Gilgamesh thought that they should journey across the flat plains. Gilgamesh and Emkidu were excited by the thought of meeting Humbaba. They belived that they could defeat him in battle. When they got there they had touched their axes then they heard a noise, and they though it was the demon. The demon demanded to know why they had entered his forest. Humbaba threatened to destroy them if they didn't leave. They summoned the thirteen great winds. The great winds were very powerful. The great winds trapped Humbaba and he pleaded to set him free, promising to give them as much timber as they could carry. But they didn't belived him, so Gilgamesh took his sword and cut his head off. They cut down many trees and chopped them into logs. After many days they reached the city. The people had celebrations to welcome home King Gilgamesh and Eukidu and listened to the tales of their adventure.

Geographer

Where was Mesopotamia located

Mesopotamia was an area of the Tigris and the Euphrates river system corresponding to modern day Iraq. Mesopotamia laid between the Tigris river and the Euphrates river. Mesopotamia means land between rivers.

The Climate in Mesopotamia

The climate of Mesopotamia is a summer range of 110-130 degrees Fahrenheit

The Map of Mesopotamia

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How Far is Mesopotamia From Elm City Middle School

Approximately: 6374.00 miles

Approximately: 10257.68 kilometers

The Agriculturalist

Farming and Agriculture

It didn't rain much they learned that if you irrigated the land, crops grew quick. They built canals to bring water to the land from the river.

How Poisoned fields Contributed to the collapse of Mesopotamia

If irrigation water is allowed to sit on the fields and evaporate, it leaves behind mineral salts; if attempts are made to drain off irrigation water and it flows through the soil too quickly, erosion becomes a problem. Scientists believe that Mashkan-Shapir's collapse was caused in part by destruction of fields by mineral salts.

What Mesopotamians Eat

Rich people unleavened bread, and drank large amounts of beer ( up to one gallon a day) cow's milk was also drunk. Because meat was expensive most people ate cooked vegetable stews. Fish was important source of protein. Fruits included apples, pears, grapes, figs, quinces, plums, apricots, mulberries, melons, and pomegranates.

Why Would Civilizations Live Close To Bodies Of Water?

They might get a surplus of food, which comes to a division of labor. With a division of labor you can have a organized government and religion, which leads to writing.

Steps to farm in Mesopotamia

Use a system for controlling the flow and direction of water from the river. You could use canals and irrigation for that. Each farmer would only allowed to have a certain amount of water. Now of you were the oldest son in a family of farmers and if your father has gone away you are in charge of the three fields. You must flood your field with water from the irrigation on ditch. Then you must run the harrow through the field. After that you must drop seeds into the ground. Next you must water your field three times. When the crops are ripe, you must out the barley, gather it together and take it to the threshing house.