Ancient Egypt “Prezi”

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about Ancient Egyptian water technology:


Hammurabi’s Code: Take a Poll!

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The Code of Hammurabi!

The Code of Hammurabi is a well-preserved Babylonian law code, dating back to about 1772 BC. It is one of the oldest deciphered writings of significant length in the world. The sixth Babylonian king, Hammurabi, enacted the code, and partial copies exist on a human-sized stone stele (an engraved stone or wooden slab, generally taller than it is wide, erected for funeral or commemorative purposes) and various clay tablets. The Code consists of 282 laws, with scaled punishments, adjusting “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” as graded depending on social status, of slave versus free man.

Stele ( An upright stone or slab with an inscribed or sculptured surface) of Hammurabi's Code

Stele ( An upright stone or slab with an inscribed or sculptured surface) of Hammurabi’s Code


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King Hammurabi of Babylon!


Hammurabi (reigned 1792-1750 B.C.) was a Babylonian king. One of the

outstanding rulers of early antiquity, he is especially known as a lawgiver, the

author of the code which bears his name (Code of Hammurabi).


king hammerabi

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Cuneiform is the earliest fully developed system of writing known.


People seem to have begun to write in Mesopotamia about 3000 BC, during the time of the Sumerians.   The

Sumerians wrote in signs called cuneiform (pronounced koo-NEIGH-uh-form), and each sign stands for a

syllable of a word (consonant plus vowel).

Find more information:



Here is a message from Mr. Meiners for you to decipher using the alphabet


history is fun cuneiform-001

Ancient Mesopotamia Diet

Mesopotamian Sheepherders

The primary crop for ancient farmers was grain.  Barley was the grain that most farmers

grew in Mesopotamia. Rice and corn were unknown, and wheat wouldn’t grow in their

silty soil. Mesopotamian bread was coarse and unleavened (flat), but a more expensive

bread could be baked from finer flour. The gardens of Mesopotamia, watered by irrigation

canals, were lush with fruits and vegetables. Among the fruits were apples, apricots,

cherries, figs,melons, mulberries, pears, plums, pomegranates, and quinces. The most

important fruit crop, especially in southern Mesopotamia, was the date. Rich in sugar and

iron, dates were easily preserved. Like barley, the date-palm thrived on the silty soil and

was one of the first plants farmers domesticated.

Here is an ancient recipe fit for a Sumerian king or queen: 

one cup butter,

one-third cup white cheese,

three cups dates,

and one-third cup raisins, all blended with flour.

Mesopotamian farmers also grew lots of vegitables:  onion, garlic, lettuce, cabbage,

cucumbers, carrots and radishes, beets and turnips; and a variety of legumes, including

beans, peas, and chickpeas that could be dried for storage and later use. Cooking oil was

made from sesame seeds.


This is a link to a site with a lot more information about Ancient Mesopotmia

and Sumer!


New Unit: The Fertile Crescent and Mesopotamia!

The Fertile Crescent, also known as The Cradle of Civilization, refers to an ancient area of

fertile soil and important rivers stretching in an arc from the Nile to the Tigris and


Farming in the Fertile Crescent:

“We’re in that Fertile Crescent” song!

Homework Project: Paleolithic Man/Woman

Good job, Mr. Meiners’ Sixth Grade Social Studies!

All your projects were fantastic!  Here are just a few examples!

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The Domestication of Animals

Around 15,000 years ago, man started to domesticate, or tame, animals for a wide range of reasons.  Animals such as cows and goats offered a source of food (meat and milk) that was close by and readily available.  Besides being a direct source of food, certain animals could provide leather, wool, hides, and fertilizer.  Animals also were put to work (for example ploughing or towing).  Some of the earliest domesticated animals included dogs, sheep, goats, cows, and pigs.


Here is a great list of domesticated animals:

Here is a short video:

And here is a picture of Mr. Meiners’ domesticated cat:

Ruby Meiners

Otzi the Iceman!

In 1991, hikers discovered a 53,000 year old mummified body sticking out of the melting ice.  He was named Otzi, after the mountains where he was found, the Otzal Alps on the border of  Austria and Italy.  The iceman’s tools and clothing, including a hide coat, grass cloak, leggings, loin cloth and shoes were found with him.  This was an incredible archeological find, and scientists have been able to learn many remarkable facts about Neolithic life, including what men ate, because his last meal was found in his stomach!

Otzi’s tools were essential.  Leave a comment and list three tools!

List three Neolithic tools!

Here are some good web sites about Otzi: