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# ANCIENT MIDDLE EAST

PUB. DATE
January 2000
SOURCE
Ancient Computing;2000, p17
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Book Chapter
ABSTRACT
People in the Middle East became more settled, building houses, farms and villages in a growing region known as the Fertile Crescent around 3500 B.C. As they settled into villages, they soon developed methods for counting crops, measuring land and keeping track of the growing season. They developed a technology called surveying to measure land features. Scales have been used to weight objects. Sundials are devices that measure time by recording the position of the Sun.
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6993308

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