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Explore the seedbed civilizations of Mesoamerica, the Middle East and the Indus Valley.
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Episode 4 Preview | Trade
Examine the civilizing effect of trade.
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The Merchant's Seal
The merchant’s seal was a guarantee of quality goods.
Clip: Ep4 | 2m 37s
Rise of International Trade
Archaeologist Jeff Rose examines the history of a petroglyph in Oman.
Clip: Ep4 | 3m 13s
Indus Valley Civilization
Explore the splendor of the Indus Valley civilization.
Clip: Ep4 | 2m 41s
Rise of Inequality
Explore the rise of inequality and threat of dictatorship.
Clip: Ep3 | 3m 29s
Humans Are Social
Humans are social creatures. Evolutionary Psychologist Michael Muthukrishna explains.
Clip: Ep3 | 3m 13s
Episode 3 Preview | Cities
Investigate why cities were so integral to the rise of civilization.
Preview: Ep3 | 30s
Explore how rituals bring people together.
Clip: Ep2 | 3m 42s
Nabta Playa became a religious monument where people could gather and worship.
Clip: Ep2 | 3m
Kings Become Gods
In Ancient Egypt, at the site of Nekhen, kings were recognized as living gods.
Clip: Ep2 | 2m 22s
Episode 2 Preview | Religion
Learn why every successful civilization needs a narrative — a shared set of beliefs.
Preview: Ep2 | 30s
Power of Obsidian
Explore the power of obsidian weapons and their use in Teotihuacan.
Clip: Ep1 | 3m 32s
Raiding Oaxaca Valley
Oaxaca Valley became an area of conflict as raiding occurred between villages.
Clip: Ep1 | 2m 36s
Culture of Violence
Archaeologist Yuki Huada explores the history of San Jose Mogote.
Clip: Ep1 | 2m 50s