Synopsis by Elizabeth Smith
This eight-part series examines how archaeology and anthropology allow people to see the similarities between ancient civilizations and modern societies. The programs explore how various cultures have functioned throughout time and around the world. This episode looks at how modern archaeologists discern cultural information about ancient societies, even though they can rarely determine the exact physical borders that separated some countries. Trade and battle records are among the resources that shed light on these types of inquiries. Civilizations in North and Central America, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East are compared to each other.