These brief video segments can be used alone or in combination, to introduce a topic or to spark discussion among your students. The video segments can be adapted for any grade level. Stream the video segments from the players below, or scroll to the bottom of the page to find downloadable QuickTime versions of the videos. These videos are also used in the lesson plan Digging for the Truth ~ Video Segments (Grades 9-12)
The Human Spark: Becoming Us, selected segments
The Art Spark
An exploration of early cave art and what it tells us about our ancestors.
The Neanderthal Way
A glimpse into the excavation of a cave once inhabited by our close relatives the Neanderthals, and what it tells us about their archeological methodology.
What Teeth Can Tell
An example of how modern technology is informing archeological methodology.
The Garbage of Everyday Life
A tour of an archeological dig of an early human settlement, and some clues it offers about our ancestors.
The Community of Symbolism
Archeologists explain the significance of early ornamental beads.
An explanation of the evolutionary advantage of human social organization.
Downloadable QuickTime versions of the video segments:
(Note: To download a video, right click on the video title and click “Save Link As…’ or “Save Target As…”. On a Mac, press the CTRL key and simultaneously click the mouse, then save the link.)