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S: Let's Go Traveling By, Matthew Caplan

BC: DEPARTED | AUSTRALIA | 2 FEB 2012

FC: let's go traveling

1: Mesopotamia | From 5300B.C. to 539B.C. The Mesopotamians invented the wheel and the sail boat, around 3500B.C. They invented a writing system so that the traders can keep track of what they buy and sell, around 3000B.C. The Assyrians of north Mesopotamia conquer distant lands and created one of the richest empires of ancient times, around 900-650B.C. The Sumerian's traded farm products for copper, tin, gold. They became skilled metal workers.

2: Egypt | Sometime in the middle of 2600B.C., the were built for king Zoser, Imhoteps. The Nile is the longest river in the world and over 4000 miles long. They mummified the body's to preserve them for the afterlife and the process took 40-70days of work. Craftsmen made coffins look like humans and wrote spells and prayers of protection outside and inside. The earliest Egyptian writing system was called hieroglyphics and used pictures to stand for objects, ideas, and sounds.

4: Maya | From 3114B.C. to 159B.C. 3 periods in ancient Maya history post classic, classic, per classic. They cut and burned forests to create fields this was called the slash and burn technique. The Maya had no king ruling their huge empire. Instead, there were as many as 20 separate areas, each major city-state had its own ruler. The ancient Maya developed the science of astronomy, calender systems and hieroglyphic writing. The Maya were skilled weavers and potters. They also cleared routes through jungles and swamps to create trade routes.

6: China | Neolithic- the new stone age, but there was no metal. Long Shan- culture, 3000B.C. Yangshao- north of china around 10,000B.C. Xia Dynasty- around 2000B.C. Shang Dynasty- 1766B.C.- 1122B.C.

8: Greece | The roots of Greek civilization can be traced to two nearby cultures that flourished and declined between 3000 B.C. and 1100 B.C. The area in which the ancient Greeks lived was centered on the Aegean. Between the 2000s B.C. and 100 B.C. the Greek people developed a civilization. Democracy - 3 Branches. Legislative Branch, Judicial Branch and the Executive Branch. 3 goals: Beautification, Protection and Democracy.

10: About the author | Matthew Caplan lives in Villianova, pa. his dog name is buddy. and he has a sister. his favorite food is pasta. and he love to sail drive and work with his dad. he goes to Nantucket, ma in the summer. he goes to the Shipley School. and is 11 years old. | If you would like to learn more about my laurels scan here.

11: BONDI BEACH is one of Australia's most famous beaches and among the world's most well-known beaches. The beach is roughly a kilometer long and is located on the east coast of Australia and is a suburb of the city of Sydney.

13: sydney harbor bridge | THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE is one of the most recognizable symbols of Australia. The Bridge provides a frame for one of the most beautiful harbors in the world and holds a special place in the city's heart. The Sydney Harbor Bridge has connected the Sydney CBD with the North Shore of the harbor since it opened in 1932. It is the worlds largest (but not longest) steel-arch Bridge. It was beaten in length, by New York’s Bayonne Bridge, which is 25 feet longer and opened just four months earlier. On major celebrations in Sydney history, like New Year’s Eve or the announcement of the Sydney Olympic Games, the Bridge has always been the focal point.

14: maroubra beach | SYDNEY

15: AYRES ROCK/ULURU the world's largest monolith and an Aboriginal sacred site is Australia's most famous natural landmark.

17: Our trip has been amazing!! The locals are as warm and nice as expected. We've been able to visit all of the places on my list and I got to hold a Koala Bear! Woohoo!! Now I can check that off the bucket list. I love it so much here it’s going to be hard to leave, but the fun isn't over yet...we still have 5 more days to explore beautiful Australia.

18: officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent as well as the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Neighboring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. | AUSTRALIA

20: BONDI BEACH is one of Australia's most famous beaches and among the world's most well-known beaches. The beach is roughly a kilometer long and is located on the east coast of Australia and is a suburb of the city of Sydney.

22: THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE is a multi-venue performing arts centre in the Australian city of Sydney. It was conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jrn Utzon, finally opening in 1973 after a long gestation starting with his competition-winning design in 1957.

24: Farewell Australia... until next time....

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