Water and Soil, Stone and Metal: The First Civilizations 10,000-12,000 BCE

Video and Podcast Links

Meluhha: the Indus Civilization and Its Contacts with Mesopotamia (58:48)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zcGLlLEbmI

Mark Kenoyer from University of Wisconsin looks at the Indus river valley civilization and its contribution to Mesopotamian society.

 

“Epic of Gilgamesh”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pGhEu9elnA

Animated video re-telling of one of Western Civilization’s oldest works of literature.

 

“Egyptian Clay Model of Cattle”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/ba9VK4iRQUybd1KMGnRimQ

This podcast discusses the significance of the domestication of cattle. Download to Listen to the Podcast.


“Early Writing Tablet”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/TnAQ0B8bQkSJzKZFWo6F-g

This podcast discusses cuneiform writing. Download to Listen to the Podcast.

 

Web Links

 

“Ancient Mesopotamia”
http://mesopotamia.lib.uchicago.edu/

Website of the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago. A user-friendly portal to the world-renowned Mesopotamia collection of the Oriental Institute.

 

“Ancient Egypt”
http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/menu.html

Website of the British Museum. Pictorial introduction, with short texts.