Welcome to the Cradle of Civilization! Historians call Mesopotamia the Cradle of Civilization because it was here that civilizations were first created, over 5000 years ago. Use the links at the top of the page to find out more about the geography, history, inventions, and daily life of the Mesopotamian people. When you think you've got it, use the Test Yourself page to see if you truly are an expert on Mesopotamia. Finally, explore more about Mesopotamia using the Links and Games tab. Have fun!