Ancient Worlds

  • Secrets of the Viking Sword A modern-day swordsmith reverse engineers the ultimate weapon of the Middle Ages—a sword both prized and feared. Watch the program.

  • 16th Century Nose Jobs Thinking about getting a nose job? Thank goodness it's not the 16th century. Watch the video.

  • Origins of the Written Bible William Schniedewind charts the rise of literacy in the Israelite world, making Holy Scripture possible. Explore how it came to be written.

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Books

  • People of the Earth: An Introduction to World Prehistory

    by Brian M. Fagan

  • Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction

    by Paul Bahn

  • The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt

    by Ian Shaw, editor

  • A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000–323 BC

    by Marc Van De Mieroop

  • A Brief History of Stonehenge: One of the Most Famous Ancient Monuments in Britain

    by Aubrey Burl

  • Europe Between the Oceans: 9000 BC–AD 1000

    by Barry W. Cunliffe

  • The Parthenon: From Antiquity to the Present

    by Jenifer Neils

  • Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

    by William W. Fitzhugh & Elizabeth I. Ward, editors

  • The Ancient Indus Valley: New Perspectives

    by Jane McIntosh

  • The Civilization of Angkor

    by Charles Higham

  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

    by Jared Diamond

  • The Classic Maya

    by Stephen D. Houston and Takeshi Inomata

  • The Incas: New Perspectives

    by Gordon F. McEwan

  • On the Road of the Winds: An Archaeological History of the Pacific Islands Before European Contact

    by Patrick V. Kirch

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