Astounding Ancient Civilizations

In today's constantly connected, social media-driven world it may seem like we all know each other in one way or another. Yet when we look back far before technology informed our modes of communication, we see that life looked a whole lot different for our ancestors. Ancient civilizations have been around, well, since the first humans developed on Earth. While history class may have taught about the cultures of ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece and Asia, there are other fascinating civilizations that aren't as mainstream. Take for example the Hurrian people, an early Syrian civilization that served as an influential precursor to the Hittites as far back as the third millennium B.C. Around that same time, but thousands of miles away, the Norte Chico people thrived in what is now present-day Peru—they remain as South America's most sophisticated and modern prehistoric civilization to date. So why do some of these early peoples never get a proper place in history books?

Just as we need to write down what to grab at the grocery store, societies and historians need to actually write down what life is all about. Who are prominent figures in politics, sports, arts and literature? How is class, status and fashion defined? How do government and education systems work? This information, plus physical artifacts such as clothing, tools, art and more are all necessary to preserve a civilization's place on Earth. These groups may be gone, but through this playlist, not forgotten.

Written by Curiosity Staff September 25, 2014

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