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From Village to City Over the years of history there have been many civilizations We will look at the earliest of all civilizations known to man From Village to City began in 8000BC and spanned all the way into 3000BC Throughout this report we will look at the 6 key features of this civilization as outlined in our classroom discussions and hope to convey what we have learned 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 have looked like in those times Clearly identified here it is possible to see Babylon Ur and Eridu Microsoft Encarta 95 Appendix 1 Sumer at this time evolved into the largest city-state established by a people known as the Ubaidians The development of the city allowed for rapid population growth due to the abundance of food Sheep goat and pigs had been originally domesticated for use as food not as sources of clothing The main economic activity during this time was trade and barter Obsidian a volcanic glass was fashioned into razor sharp tools and weapons It was also used as trade People who lived near Obsidian deposits often risked their lives to collect it and eventually barter it off for food or money Obsidian comes from volcanoes and was a kind of glass the only of the times The value of Obsidian was great and so therefore was the supply and demand Salt ore copper and soapstone were accepted trade materials around 8000BC Most of the Village to City civilization took place during the copper age when copper was mined and used for many purposes Trade developed between different cities Jericho Sumer Adab Eridu Isin Kish Kullab Lagash Larsa Nippur and Ur Most of the trade consisted of livestock and other things such as weapons and food Sumerians constructed large
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