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ziggurat a pyramid-shaped temple tower
cuneiform the world’s first system of writing (Sumerian invention)
social hierarchy the division of society by rank or class
polytheism the worship of many gods
silt a mixture of rich soil and tiny rocks
Fertile Crescent a large area of rich, or fertile, farmland
Hammurabi's Code a set of 282 laws that dealt with almost every part of daily life
Mesopotamia region in SW Asia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, one of the world’s oldest civilizations
division of labor when each worker specializes in a particular job
surplus when there is more food than needed
civilization complex societies
irrigation manmade way of watering crops
scribe a person who is a record keeper
city-state city and its surrounding lands
artisan skilled worker
Created by: BarbaraHall