The 7 characteristics and how Mesopotamia met these characteristics
A water source….Tigris and Euphrates river
Fertile soil along rivers (silt left behind after flooding)
Good weather to grow crops
laws to keep order
Leaders to organize
without government and leaders there would be chaos
People had a belief system
believed in Gods/Goddesses (polytheism)
People figured out more efficient ways to do or make things
EX: irrigation, the wheel, writing, plow, medicine
People didn’t need to move around= permanent settlements!
there is a SURPLUS!
Stable Food Supply
People now have time to do other things besides farm!
They could be crafters, traders, builders, leaders
Division of labor.