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Lecture notes Sep 13 and 15

by: Katlyn Burkitt

Lecture notes Sep 13 and 15 HIST 202

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Cities of the Ancient World
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Date Created: 09/19/16
Cities of the Ancient World Sep 13 and Sep 14 Brief review of previous class  How did cities originate o Ceremonial  Originated because of religion o Economic  Originated through control of trade routes o Redistribution  Cities originated as centers for the redistribution of goods throughout the surrounding areas  How do the elites get power? o Economic Sources o Military Sources o Ideological Sources o Political Sources  The first city developed in South Mesopotamian alluvium (type of soil created from centuries of rivers depositing soil and nutrients through flooding into the surrounding area)  These cities developed in an area below 250mm of yearly rainfall which is the minimum to sustain rainfall agriculture, the way this problem was solved by the development of irrigation  Uruk Period o Tell el Ouelli Culture (5500 BCE)  The first settlement (Was not a city) in southern Mesopotamia o Tell Ubaid Culture (5900-4000BCE)  First culture in Mesopotamia that is attested in both the north and the south  The material culture from the end of the Ubaid period was found it parts of turkey, and south of Mesopotamia  Temples from this era share similar characteristics  Houses from this era share similar characteristics  Believed to be egalitarian but some scholars suggest the presence of temples suggests the framework of social stratification  Despite fired pottery appearing around 8millenial BCE the pottery wheel was developed during the end of this period  Timeline o 10,000: Development of agriculture and animal husbandtry o 8,000: Pottery developed o 7,000: Irrigation o Slow movement of people to the south o 5500: First southern settlement o Emergence of temples o Intro of potter’s wheel o 4000: Uruk  Warka/Uruk/Unug (All the same location but going by different names) o 5,000 BC to 2000 CE o Spanned an area of 70hectacres Cities of the Ancient World Sep 13 and Sep 14 o Demographic explosion during this time  Explained by nomadic or semi nomadic people choosing to settle o City was made of two towns  Uruuk and kullaba o There was max production of textiles, metals, pottery, and art  We had a brainstorm here about the paper we had to write  Discussion of the architecture of the temples o The Ianna district is preserved  Patron dieties, An and Inana  Multiple openings  Cone decorations  Plated fabric on the walls for decoration  Emphasis on outside areas  Technological changes associated with the Uruk period o Mass production of pottery o Stone vessles (Warka vase) o Increased use of metals o Wheel made pottery o Cylinder seals o Long fields with canals on the shorter end o Invention of the seed plow (pulled by animals) : Preps ground for planting and deposits seeds o Clay and flint sickles o Writing  Reconstruction o Multiple economic niches o Technological innovations o Specialization of labor o Social stratification o A need for a central power o The emergence of cities


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