First Civilisations

July 2018

Season 1 Episode 2 - Religion

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Religion has always been the soulmate of civilisation - they are meant for each other. This connection was first made in Ancient Egypt, which is still the longest lasting civilisation in world history. All civilisations since have borrowed something of the blueprint established by the Egyptians. Remarkably, it is possible to trace the birth of organised religion to a specific site known as Nabta Playa in the Egyptian desert. Here, 8,000 years ago, herders built stone circles and erected megalit...

Season 1 Episode 1 - War

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How can something as devastating as war help bring about civilisation? Ancient Mesoamerica is the perfect petri dish to examine the process of ‘destructive creation’. Evolutionary theorist Peter Turchin regards war as a necessary evil. It brought people together in a common cause while stimulating an arms race of technological progress.