Ancient Mesopotamia


Study Projects

Epic of Gilgamesh/Flood Story: 1st Superhero
Gods, Goddesses, Demons, Monsters, Death, & Myths
Architecture & the Ziggurat
King Sargon the Conquerer & 1st Emperor of Mesopotamia
Hammurabi: A New Code for Living

Works Cited Resources

Use this page to access formatting guidelines and sample citations for books and web sites.

Son of Citation Machine
This is a wonderful online tool that will allow you to input MLA information and the "machine" will create a Works Cited entry for you. Very cool and a HUGE time saver! If you get annoyed by the details of formatting, this is the tool for you!

Fertile Crescent & Farming

Farming Challenge Activity-British Museum
National Geographic: Fertile Crescent Almost Gone
Interactive Map--Tigris Euphrates, Rain, Silt

babelclay2.jpg Cuneiform

Here are the class notes that we created from reading through the sources listed below:

British Museum's Resources
Cuneiform: Left to right or right to left? Find out!
Write Like a Babylonian
Cuneiform Numbers
Video-PBS-Invention of Writing

More on Cylinder Seals:
Art of the Cities--Met Museum
Picture & Explanation from Smith College
USC--Cylinder Seals
Iraq Museum, Bagdad
Seals & Stamps from Oriental Institute Gallery



Information & Activities: British Museum

Gods & Goddesses

Learn about the different Gods, demons, & monsters

Invention of the Wheel

Thinkquest-Invention of the Wheel
A Salute to the Wheel--Smithsonian Magazine
Iron Wheels--Exhibit-Oriental Institute
Simple Machines: Wheel & Axle, Scholastic

gilgamesh1.jpg Flood Myths & Epic of Gilgamesh

Complete text
Gilgamesh's Search for Cedar Wood
First Stories in Stone--PBS information, video, & gallery
Flood Myth--Gilgamesh

Code of Hammurabi

Translation of complete code
Exhibit, Louvre, France


Treasures from Tombs of UR--University of Chicago
Royal Tombs of Ur-British Museum
Art of the First Cities--Met Museum
Clothing & Personal Adornment--Met Museum


These are interactive multimedia games that also teach you about ancient life and artifacts from Mesopotamia. These are super fun!
Go on an archaeological dig and catalog your discoveries
Curate a Museum Exhibit
Archaeological Interactive Site Map--Oriental Institute


Timeline-British Museum
Interactive Timeline of Artifacts
Timeline of Fertile Cresecent--Google


Explore Maps from British Museum

Fertile Crescent


Ancient Mesopotamia


Blank Map

Modern Iraq


These are the video clips we viewed in class, detailing Mesopotamia as a Civilization. This is a 6-part series.
Ancient Mesopotamia, Part 1
Ancient Mesopotamia, Part 2
French translations from Part 2 Video:
Translation (from French): As the people lived their lives, they developed new and better ways to thrive in the harsh environment. They developed writing as a way of recording daily events/ keep a record of crops. They developed a religion/ belief system that reflected their view of the supernatural, highly influenced by their views of the land/ their relationship with nature. Their farming techniques were ultimately what allowed them to grow as a self sustaining civilization.

Translation from French #2 (at the end of video): The ancient peoples of Mesopotamia built structures from materials that were readily available to them. The fishermen built structures from reed while the people in the main cities utilized brick building techniques, made from local clay/ mortar. The environment greatly shaped their view of the natural world as well as the supernatural. The combination of farming/ crop distribution and fishing techniques is what allowed the civilization to grow.

Ancient Mesopotamia, Part 3

Ancient Mesopotamia, Part 4
French translation Part 4 of Video: There are many similarities between the bible and Mesopotamian mythology. Archeologists speculate that many of the stories found in the Bible have Mesopotamian origins. Many civilizations have stories about the creation of man/ about a great flood that are similar to the biblical model. Mesopotamia is one of the first to document them. Perhaps the stories were spread through travel on one of the many trade routes that existed in the ancient world. We may never know.

Ancient Mesopotamia, Part 5
Ancient Mesopotamia, Part 6

Fertile Crescent & Sumeria

National Geographic--Short video on Mesopotamia (3:09)