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History

The study of the past when there was writing to record facts

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Paleo

Old

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Artifacts

Objects made by people

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Era

Age

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Archaeology

The study of artifacts to make conclusions about the people who used the artifacts

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Diffusion

The spreading of new ideas as a result of movement

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Lithic

Stone

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Hunter-gatherers

People who hunt animals and gather nuts, berries and grains for food

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Domesticate

To change something that is wild and domesticate it for human use (to tame something)

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Irrigation

A system that supplies dry land with water through a system of ditches, pipes and streams

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Nomads

People who moved regularly to survive; people who have no permanent home

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Silt

Fine particles of fertile soil

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Ziggurat

A pyramid shaped structure with a temple at the top

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Surplus

An amount that has been leftover after a need is met

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City-state

A city that governs itself and its surrounding territory

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Poly-theism

A belief in more than one god

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Cuneiform

A system of lines and wedges that communicated ideas

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Scribes

Official record keepers and writers

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Epic

A long, storytelling poem about a hero

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Prehistory

The study of the past when there was no writing to record events

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Systematic agriculture

The growing of food on a regular basis

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Excavation site

The place where archaeologists dig and search for artifacts