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Social Studes, Chapter 3, Lesson 3
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a metal that is a mixture of copper and tin
a picture or drawing that represents a word or an idea in a early system of writing
a sharp reed used to press markings into clay tablets
an ancient writing system developed by the Sumerians, made op of wedge-shape markings
a person who specializes in writing and serves as a record keeper
How did religion affect who was in the upper class?
Religion affected who was in thew upper class by because the kings and priests were believed to have a link to the gods and they had great influence over people.
Why was the plow such an important tool for the farmers?
The plow was important to the farmers because it broke up hard soil and made planting easier. Also, water could go deeper into the soil this made growing of the crops easier.
How did writing evolve in Sumer?
Writing evolved in Sumer first with the use of clay tokens, then they used pictographs, then they used cuneiform which is the wedge shaped writing which they made with a sharpened reed called a stylus. Now they developed written history to keep records and then they started to use it more for writing about wars, floods, and reigns of their kings.
Why was the invention of cuneiform an important development?
The invention of cuneiform was an important development because they could learn from their records which could help them trade, farm, and defend from attackers.
Why do historians identify the beginning of history with the beginning of writing?
Historians identify the beginning of history with the beginning of writing because that was the start of record keeping.
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