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From Village to City----- Over the years of history there have been many civilizations We willlook at the earliest of all civilizations known to man From Village toCity began in 8000BC and spanned all the way into 3000BC Throughoutthis report we will look at the 6 key features of this civilization asoutlined in our classroom discussions and hope to convey what we havelearned in a useful and interesting way -----The development of a city ----- The first city to be built was Jericho in the Middle East Map This map is a picture of what the division of land would havelooked like in those times Clearly identified here it is possible tosee Babylon Ur and Eridu Microsoft Encarta 95 Appendix 1 Sumer at this time evolved into the largest city-state established by apeople known as the Ubaidians The development of the city allowed forrapid population growth due to the abundance of food Sheep goatand pigs had been originally domesticated for use as food not assources of clothing The main economic activity during this time wastrade and barter Obsidian a volcanic glass was fashioned into razorsharp tools and weapons It was also used as trade People who livednear Obsidian deposits often risked their lives to collect it andeventually barter it off for food or money Obsidian comes fromvolcanoes and was a kind of glass the only of the times The value ofObsidian was great and so therefore was the supply and demand Saltore copper and soapstone were accepted trade materials around 8000BC Most of the Village to City civilization took place during the copperage when copper was mined and used for many purposes Trade developedbetween different cities Jericho Sumer Adab Eridu Isin KishKullab Lagash Larsa Nippur and Ur Most of the trade consisted oflivestock and other things such as weapons and food Sumerians constructed large temples called Ziggurats These templeswere the focal point of
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