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Characteristics of Ancient Civilizations by Mind Map: Characteristics of Ancient Civilizations
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Characteristics of Ancient Civilizations

Advanced Cities

Planned cities had neatly laid out streets and fortified areas in the Indus Valley

Mesopotamian Cities had temples called Ziggurats

Chinese Cities had massive earthen walls for protection

Complex Institutions

Mesopotamian Priests and kings ran the cities as well as created written law codes

Chinese rulers organized workers to build canals and city walls

Egyptian Pharaohs ordered workers to build large elaborate tombs

Advanced Technology

Engineers in the Indus Valley made sophisticated buildings and plumbing systems

Chinese refined bronze casting technology and valuable silk cloth production

Sumerians in Mesopotamia invented the wheel, the sail, the plow, and learned ho

Record Keeping and Writing

Mesopotamia developed the worlds first system of writing called Cuneiform

Egyptian hieroglypic writing had symbols that stood for sounds and ideas

The Phoenician alphabet in Palestine was the basis of many alphabets

Specialized Workers

Priests, warriors, scribes, artisans and farmers all had special tasks in Mesopotamia

Rulers, officials, priests and landowners led society in Ancient Egpyt

Phoenician sailors carried goods and religious leaders had great influence in Ancient Palestine