FIRST SUMERIANS. Sumerians first arrived in region around 5000 BC Typical Paleolithic people motivated by search for game Settled in region and took up farming Built dams, dikes, and short canals to use water from the Euphrates Grew barley and dates and raised sheep and goats.
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North of Sumer
Originally settled by nomads from Arabia
Fairly untouched by Sumerian civilization for centuries
Then conquered rest of Sumer, northern Mesopotamia, and Syria
In 2300 BC, led by a chieftain named Sargon, the Akkadians invaded and took over Kish
Great Ziggurat at Ur
Gilgamesh and Enkidu
Gilgamesh on quest for magic plant