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Mesopotamia Unit Test Flashcards 1-6

Drought A LONG period of time with little to no rain which can cause food shortages. To combat droughts in their new homeland between rivers, Sumerians created and irrigation system of canals, levees and dams to keep their crops watered.
Famine A LONG period of time without food; sometimes caused by droughts. When the people living at the Zagros foothills reached the carrying capacity of the land; they experienced a famine.
Surplus When you produce more than what you need; an extra amount of a resource(s) often used for trading. When people in Mesopotamia had rich soil; they produced a surplus of crop/food.
Barter Is a exchange goods or services with the use of money, to trade thing people want/need. In Mesopotamia the action to barber was the base of the economy.
City-state An early walled city with its own farmland and government. Abraham, the man who believed in one god, originated from the city-state Ur.
Ziggurat They were built as temples to honor the gods and goddesses; a pyramid-shade temple tower. Ziggurats were placed in each city-state; each to honor a god/goddess.
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