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SS- Mesopotamia 1-6

7th Grade S.S. Mesopotamia Unit Flashcards 1-6

Drought A long period of time with little or no rain that can cause shortages of food.
Drought (Historical Context) In ancient Mesopotamia, there was an uncontrolled supply of water on the plains. For 3/4 of the year, there would be a drought which made it difficult to find water, while in the other 1/4 of the year, there would be floods.
Famine When due to many different causes, there is not enough food to feed the population. It goes on for a long time. (Weeks, months)
Famine (Historical Context) While the people were living in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains, there were too many people, and the population exceeded its carrying capacity. Not enough food could be produced to withstand the growing population.
Surplus An extra amount of a resource often used for trading
Surplus (Historical Context) In ancient Mesopotamia, surpluses of food could be used for trading or they could be store
Barter To trade for things people want/need.
Barter (Historical Context) In Mesopotamia, they used jewelry and other goods to trade for things they wanted or needed.
City State The city and the land surrounding it like farmland. One of these also had its own government. This also had wall around it.
City State (Historical Context) In Mesopotamia for example, Babylon was one of these, where Hammurabi ruled and created a set of 282 laws.
Ziggurat A one room temple that is the tallest building in every city-state. There was a shrine for the city's special god on top of it.
Ziggurat (Historical Context) In Mesopotamia, every city state had a ziggurat. The ziggurat was important to the religion of the people of mesopotamia.
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