Rise of Sumer: Cradle of Civilization DOCUMENTARY

In our new animated documentary series we will describe the history of Ancient Mesopotamia and the first episode will be covering Sumer and its rise in the Fertile Crescent, which is rightly considered the cradle of civilizations. Our series will cover all the major civilizations of this region and then will move on to other regions. If you want to learn more about the Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, consider watching our series on them:

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The video was made by our friend Oğuz Tunç while the script was researched and written by Matt Hollis.

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Machinima for this video was created by Malay Archer on the Total War: Rome 2 engine using the Age of Bronze mod

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Marc Van De Mieroop – A History of the Ancient Near East, ca. 3000-323BC
Mario Liverani – Ancient Near East – History, Society and Economy
Amanda H. Podany – The Ancient Near East – A Very Short Introduction
Guillermo Algaze – The Uruk Expansion
Harriet Crawford – Sumer and the Sumerians

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  1. We really fcked up as a species when we took up agriculture.
    The fossil record doesn't lie. The average human became shorter and more malnourished once we abandoned a wild diet.

  2. I’m curious if this historical information is as some other channels like Mr. Imhotep would call this “white washed”. That all people’s from these cities were all black and not the color of the people’s that live there now. Has this history been white washed to make it seem as if only light skinned people lived there?

  3. Su is water in Han- Korean pronunciation. Also, method, trick,top, embroidery…..and so on. If local people still speak and understand these nouns as same to Asian can reveal which race is first civilized migrant race on the earth.

  4. As soon as ice age ends we mysteriously begin settled life? I mean, if we were that ready for it, how about civilization before the ice age? To me, settling right after ice age ends ponts at two possibilities:
    1) We were inclined to settle, and settled before, but all was lost with ice age
    2) During or with the ice age, natural resources changed significantly, bringing a much more fruitful land for population to farm

  5. Seems we quite recognize who the antagonist of this history by seeing, which party that start the war when they actually didn't have to start that war, beside only for greediness and selfish causes.

  6. 1:06 For a bit of context, Europeans were still black-skinned until around 6000 BCE, proto-indo-european was spoken around 5500 to 4500 BCE according to the kurgan hypothesis (correct me if i'm wrong) and the first writings of Sumer were approximately in 3200 BCE.

    Yup, the first writings were closer (temporally) to the proto-indo-europeans and to when europe's population was still black than to us.
    Seems very meta for me

  7. 1:10 Yes everyone at the same time just thought that was a great idea or something reset civilization around that time. I think we should go with magically everyone thinking an idea at the same time… much better.

  8. Here's something interesting to try. Now I'm not one of those "hit you in the head" Bible people. But what I have done is try to follow what's been discovered and the difference in the Bible. Even here, he's talking about a great flood. Not everything matches though.

  9. I live near Uruk. Only three levels of the temple has been excavated. Its believed thier are 12 more levels buried underneath that havent been excavated. It would collapse and destroy the temple. I hope in the future we can safely find the tablets hidden underneath and know about our human history.


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