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Ancient Civilizations:


Mesopotamia is known as the "Cradle of Civilization." This is an area were a vast majority of early biblical recording occurs. The first civilization was Sumer (3500-2006 BC), then followed by Babylonia (1792-539 BC) and Assyria (1115-612 BC).

Early men and women wore knee or calf-length sheep skin skirts. Later a shawl-like piece of wool was draped over one shoulder. (Kids Discover Magazine) Women were the spinners of the wool.

Suggested Reading for Adults

Mesopotamia : The Mighty Kings

Sumer: Cities of Eden

Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia: An Illustrated Dictionary

Ancient Mesopotamia: Portrait of a Dead Civilization

Treasures of Darkness: A History of Mesopotamian Religion


 Ancient Composite Bows, Journal of the Society of Archer-Antiquaries

 Ancient Tablets, Ancient Graves: Accessing Women's Lives in Mesopotamia

 Assyrian Artwork

 Babylon Fashions

 Brief History of the Assyrians

 Braun & Schneider: History of Costume

 Dye History from 2600 BC to the 20th Century

 Fashion in Mesopotamia

 Mesopotamian Costume

 Mesopotamian Culture, Religion and Literature

 Mesopotamian Sculptures and Artwork

 Mesopotamian Vocabulary

 Oriental Institute Assyrian Art Collection

 Photo Gallery of Ancient Mesopotamia

 Timeline of Mesopotamia

Suggested Reading for Children

The Assyrians (The Cradle of Civilization Series)

The Babylonians (The Cradle of Civilization Series)

Sumerians (Cradle of Civilization Series)

First Civilizations (Cultural Atlas for Young People)

The Assyrian Empire (World History Series)


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