(Prehistory to 800 B.C.E.)Foundations of Civilization,
The history of humanity in many ways begins with the development of writing. Humanity did not develop evenly across the globe, but in five localized areas: Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Harrapan civilization of the Indus River Valley, the Shang Dynasty of Huang He River Valley in China, and in MesoAmerica the Chavin and Olmec.This lecture covers the origins of humanity and the Neolithic Revolution.VideosCrash Course in World History #1 - The Agricultural RevolutionIn which John Green investigates the dawn of human civilization. John looks into how people gave up hunting and gathering to become agriculturalists, and how that change has influenced the world we live in today. Also, there are some jokes about cheeseburgers.
We Went From Hunter-Gatherers To Space Explorers, But Are We Happier?Listen to this...
- Museum - Man. Pecos Rio Grande Museum of Early Man
A rather odd site the traces the development of humanity.
Virtual Museum of Iraq
This site is a digital reproduction of the actual Museum of Iraq. Sponsored by Google, it provides excellent commentary and imagery of the actual Museum.
A well done site that gives a good overview of life in Ancient Egypt.
This is a very authoritative summary of the ancient text.
Ethics of Shang, Zhou and the Classics.
This site explores the rise of Chinese ethical systems.
Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Human Origins
This site provides a good listing of available listing of internet resources on human origins.
Aryan Invasion Theories
The Aryan Invasion theory was first propounded when linguistic similarities between Sanskrit and the major European languages were discovered by European scholars during the colonial era. In an atmosphere of raging Eurocentricism, it was inevitable that any explanation of this seemingly inexplicable discovery would taken on racial and ideological overtones.
This is an interactive site that traces the movement of humans around the globe.