Cities offered people more opportunities than life in the country.
Cities were the centers of trade, learning, and religion.
Cities were safer than life in the country.
Cities were built near farms.
With a Sumerian population of over half a million people, 4 out of every 5 people lived in cities.
Sumer was the first place to have organized government.
Sumer was the first place to be ruled by priests.
In Sumer, everyone got paid for their labor.
A signpost that marked the center of a Sumerian city.
A government office tower.
A trading center or marketplace.
Sumerians thought of their gods as rich landowners who created humans to work for them.
Sumerians thought of their gods as parents taking care of their children.
Sumerians thought of their gods as parents who punished their children.
Sumerians thought of their gods as "eternal humans," with all of the same traits of humans.
They tell us a lot about daily life in ancient Sumer.
It is history’s earliest graveyard.
They were discovered by Leonard Wooley.
It is the burial place of Sumer’s first king.
From their tombstones.
Each was wearing a name tag.
From their telephone number.
From cylinder seals found nearby.
The archaeologist who discovered the Royal Tombs of Ur.
The artist who created the Shaun the Sheep and Wallace and Grommet movies.
The first recognized sheep herder in history.
The British explorer who discovered Mesopotamia.
They controlled irrigation.
They collected taxes.
They were in charge of food storage.
They commanded the army.