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Mesopotamia 1-6

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TermDefinition/Historical Context
1. Drought A long period of time with little to no rain, which can cause food shortages. To combat ______ in their new homeland between the rivers, Sumerians created an irrigation system of canals, levees and dams to keep their crops watered.
2. Famine A period of time when there is little food, leading to mass starvation. Hebrews populated Canaan until a _____ struck and drove them into Egypt in search of a stable food source.
3. Surplus When a person produces an excessive amount of a product. In the Fertile Crescent, the early Mesopotamians would grow a ______ of wheat and barley.
4. Barter The action of giving away an item you don't need for an item you do need. The Mesopotamians has surpluses of wheat and barley, but they did not have lunber. In order to get lumber they had to ____ with the people of the Zagros foothills to obtaian it.
5. City-State A community of buildings, houses and a ziggurat being protected by a wall and moat. Early Sumerians were forced to construct ________ because they were being attacked by others for water rights.
6. Ziggurat A pyramid-shaped temple tower that rose above all other buildings within a city-state. Every city-state had their own _______ dedicated to a certain god or goddess, at night the god or goddess was said to sleep there.
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