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- Describe the new opportunities that the last ice age brought.
- List the causes of the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution.
- Understand how hierarchal structures developed.
- Learn how mystery cults worshipped an early Mother Goddess.
- Discuss population migrations that took place after the Great Flood.
- Explain how cities were invented.
- Name the tools of empire creation.
- Understand how horse people and nomads challenged the notion of civilization.
1. The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities
What is an ice age? How did the latest period of glaciation form our species? How has the abundance of this latest period of interglaciation changed our behavior? Watch this lesson to find out.
2. Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications
A long, long time ago, human beings roamed the earth looking for food. Then the agricultural revolution struck! What are the benefits of an agrarian society, and how have they shaped the way we live today?
3. Development of Hierarchical Structures: Chiefs to Emperors in History
This lesson will explore society's need for hierarchies, as well as kinship as a basis of hierarchical structures. Various forms of hierarchy will be briefly explored and...spoiler alert...they all come back to kinship.
4. Mystery Cults and the Early Mother Goddess
What kind of problems do we encounter when talking about ancient religions? What are the Mother Goddess figures, and where do they pop up throughout history? Watch this lesson to learn about one of the earliest forms of religious worship.
5. The Great Flood and Population Migrations
The Great Flood myth has been around for over eight millennia. Could it be more than a myth? What could have caused such a flood, and what effects has it had on humans?
6. Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented
In this video lesson, you'll meet Uruk, a lone farmer living in ancient Mesopotamia. As Uruk tries to become a successful farmer, he realizes the difficulties in sustaining a fruitful farm without the help of a community. Watch to understand how these difficulties contributed to the creation of villages and cities throughout history.
7. Walls, Roads & Bronze: Tools of Empire Creation
Learn some of the tools of the empire creation trade. In this video lesson, we'll explore the wall as a tough nut to be cracked, the strategic importance of roads and the advances made possible by bronze.
8. The Horse and Chariot: Tools of Empire Creation
Horses were first used in warfare to pull chariots. Though horses were eventually ridden by cavalry, it was the chariot that first moved soldiers faster than man. In this lesson, you'll learn about the creation of the chariot, and its benefits during wartime.
9. Horse People and Nomadic Pastoralism: What is Civilization?
This lecture examines the downsides and limits of settled agriculture and civilization. It then explores how 'civilized' forces are able to displace other systems. Horse people are introduced as a counterpoint to civilization and nomadic pastoralism as a successful alternative method of living. Finally it follows the conflict between nomadic pastoralists and settled agriculturalists throughout history.
10. Cave Painting: History & Pictures
The earliest known paintings are located in caves across Europe, dating from the Stone Age. Explore the cave paintings and the mystery surrounding why they were painted in this lesson.
11. Early Hominids: Evolution & Timeline
In this lesson we explore early hominids: humanity's earliest ancestors. By examining some of these species we can learn the important aspects that fostered human evolution and just some of the difficulties that face modern paleoanthropologists.
12. Pictograph: Definition, Examples & Images
Used widely in the present day to communicate rules and warnings on the road and elsewhere, pictographs were humankind's earliest form of written language. Look at some examples of pictographs, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
13. Prehistory: Definition and Timeline
Learn about prehistory in this lesson. Look at everything about prehistory, from the earliest appearance of humans to the development of stone tools, agriculture, animal domestication, permanent settlements and writing.
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