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While large swathes of Europe were still erecting single story buildings the peoples the Indus Valley and Egypt were carving out sophisticated societies, using technologies and reason to construct their settlements. In this section some of the great civilizations are examined using the evidence that has survived them to tell their fascinating stories and accomplishments Read more

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  • Ancient Egypt - The Middle Kingdom (2181-1650 BC)

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Emeritus John Baines, University of Oxford, provides an introduction to the First Intermediate Period (c. 2181–1650 BC) which followed the decline of the Old Kingdom, and discusses the history of Egypt's Middle Kingdom.  The Middle Kingdom lasted from approximately 2040 to 1700 BC, stretching from the...

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  • Ancient Punt - The Land of Punt

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Emeritus John Baines, University of Oxford, provides an introduction to the Land of Punt. The Land of Punt was an ancient region known from Ancient Egyptian records. It exported gold, aromatic resins, blackwood, ebony, ivory and wild animals, some of them perhaps traded from elsewhere. Recent evidence locates it beside the Red Sea and to the north...

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