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World History

TermDefinition
Historian People who study and write about the human past.
artifact Weapons, tools, and other things left by humans that archaeologists dig up and study.
nomad People who regularly move from place to place traveling in bands of 30 or so people.
domesticate The taming of animals and plants for human use.
specialization The development of different kinds of specific jobs.
civilization Complex societies that have cities, organized governments, art, religion, class divisions, and a writing system.
irrigation Digging ditches, canals, walls, etc. . to bring water to crops in fields.
city-state A city and the land that surrounds it that had its own government and was not part of a larger unit even though it may have shared a culture with neighboring city-states.
artisan Skilled workers who made metal products, cloth, or pottery.
cuneiform Sumerian writing system that consisted of hundreds of wedge-shaped marks cut into damp clay tablets with a sharp-ended reed. It may be the oldest writing system.
scribe Specially trained record keepers who could read and write.
empire A group of many different lands and peoples under the control of one ruler.
province Political districts that an empire was divided into.
caravan Groups of traveling merchants.
astronomers People who study the heavenly bodies or map the stars.
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