History Detective Investigates: Ancient Sumer is a hands-on, investigative approach to history. Learn all about Ancient Sumer, its people and the story of Ancient Sumer that goes back thousands of years. Sumer is the earliest known civilization located in the area that is now Southern Iraq, from Baghdad to the Persian Gulf. The Sumerians date back to 5,000 BC settling in a land between two rivers: the Tigris and the Euphrates. Discover how the Sumerians invented the wheel, the sailboat and built the first cities. They used bronze hand tools such as hammers and axes and invented the plough, razors, kilns and harps. The Ancient Sumerians were responsible for the first writing by recording their language using simple pictures. In addition, they invented a system of mathematics centred around the number 60. Contains maps, paintings, artefacts and photographs to show how the Sumerians lived. Ideally suited for readers age 8+ or teachers looking for books to support the new curriculum for 2014. If you enjoy reading about Ancient Sumer then take a look at Stone Age to Iron Age, The Mayan Civilization, The Indus Valley, Benin AD 900-1897 and Early Islamic Civilizations.