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A Day in the Life of a Teacher by Heather Adamson

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These are some 600 years older than the first Egyptian pyramids. Burials in passage graves were common in many parts of Europe. 3500–3300 BC) were among the most important. Newgrange Newgrange consists of a round mound of earth, in which there is a central chamber. It is reached through a narrow passage, lined with huge stone slabs. 3000 BC The village of Skara Brae Skara Brae, a Neolithic village in Orkney off the coast of Scotland, was built in about 3000 BC. It was discovered by chance in AD 1850, after a terrible storm shifted huge quantities of sand from the shore where the buildings had lain covered for centuries.

All the internal organs were removed from the dead body, except for the heart, which was believed to control thought and action, both of which were needed in the after-life. Next the body was washed with spices and palm wine, covered with natron salts (a drying agent and antiseptic), and left to dry out. Then the body was packed with linen and spices to restore it to shape, and coated with resins to make it waterproof. Finally, the mummy was wrapped in linen bandages and placed in a coffin. Protective clothing The mummy case shielded the mummy from tomb robbers, and was also regarded as a house for the dead person’s spirit.

Over 15,000 clay tablets from Ebla have been found, inscribed with cuneiform writing recording the city’s activities: the exporting of cloth, the taxation of imports, and the amount of gold and silver received by the king in tribute from smaller towns. In about 1500 BC new cities were built on the eastern Mediterranean TURKEY coast that became centres of commercial •Ugarit •Ebla power, the greatest being Tyre and Sidon. CYPRUS Phoenicia The region was named “Phoenicia”, from •Byblos CRETE the Greek word for “purple”, as the cities •Sidon Tyre• were famous for an expensive process of Mediterranean Sea dyeing fabric purple.

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