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By Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler, Joe Perry, Clare Haru Crowston

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Ca. e. The Spread of Mesopotamian Culture 9 Stonehenge Megaliths (large stone structures) like the one shown here at Stonehenge can still be seen across the British Isles and in France. A Neolithic society laboriously built this circle to mark the passing of the seasons. (© Frank Siteman/Science Faction/Corbis) the inhabitants. These sites served various social funcStonehenge presents an example of how the unique tions, and they reveal the existence of relatively proscontext of a Neolithic group influenced the communal perous, well-organized, and centrally led communities.

Neolithic peoples thus flourished, fashioning an energetic and creative era. They were responsible for many fundamental inventions and innovations that the modern world takes for granted. First, obviously, was systematic agriculture, the primary economic activity of the entire ancient world and the basis of all modern life. The settled routine of Neolithic farmers led to the evolution of towns and eventually cities. Farmers usually raised more food than they could consume, and their surpluses permitted larger and healthier populations.

E. scribal schools flourished throughout Sumer. Most students came from wealthy families and were male. Each school had a master, teachers, and monitors. Discipline was strict, and students were caned for sloppy work and misbehavior. One graduate of a scribal school had few fond memories of the joy of learning: My headmaster read my tablet, said: “There is something missing,” caned me. The fellow in charge of silence said: “Why did you talk without permission,” caned me.  The Sumerian system of schooling set the educational standards for Mesopotamian culture; the Akkadians and, later, the Babylonians adopted its practices and techniques.

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