Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites

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National Geographic Explorer Eric H. Cline, Ph.D.
The George Washington University Capitol Archaeological Institute
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What Will You Learn?

  • Travel to the iconic sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy.
  • Learn about seminal 20th-century finds of hominids in Africa, which provided clues to the origins of our ancestors.
  • Explore how strategies like "vertical" and "horizontal" excavations are used by Archeologists in the field.
  • Journey into the archaeological heritage of North America, beginning with the excavation of the Hunley.
  • Travel to the Teotihuacan and also Tenochtitlan, a site buried under modern Mexico City.

Course Overview

The work of archaeologists has commanded worldwide attention and captivated the human imagination since the earliest days of the exploration, with groundbreaking discoveries such as the treasures of ancient Egypt, the lost kingdoms of the Maya, and the fabled city of Troy. Archaeology brings us face-to-face with our distant ancestors, with treasures of the past, and with life as it was lived in long-ago civilizations.

Despite the fascinating and often romantic appeal of archaeology, many of us have little idea of what the field actually involves. What, exactly, do archaeologists do? What takes place on an archaeological dig? And how does the reality of the work differ from what we see in Indiana Jones movies?

Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites, taught by renowned archaeologist and National Geographic Explorer Eric H. Cline, answers these questions and more in rich and provocative detail. This thrilling new course, produced in partnership with National Geographic, introduces you to over 20 of the most significant and enthralling archaeological sites on the planet, providing both an in-depth look at the sites themselves and an insider’s view of the history, science, and technology of archaeology.

Within the course’s 24 visually rich lectures, you’ll study some of the most famous archaeological discoveries of all time, including:

  • the tomb of King Tut: the final resting place of ancient Egypt’s boy pharaoh, whose dramatic discovery mesmerized the world in 1922
  • the ruins of Pompeii: the astonishingly well-preserved ancient Roman city, which was buried in 79 A.D. by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius
  • the terra-cotta warriors at Xi’an: the vast army of life-size ceramic soldiers created to guide China’s first emperor into the afterlife

Throughout the course, Professor Cline offers dynamic commentary and responds to questions archaeologists are frequently asked, such as: How do archaeologists find ancient sites? How is an actual excavation performed? How do archaeologists determine how old something is?

In examining the world’s premier archaeological sites, the lectures explore how archaeology plays a vital role in the advancement of knowledge, by separating folklore and legend from factual history. As Professor Cline makes clear, archaeology is one of the most objective sources we have about history as it really happened, allowing us to cross-check written accounts, as well as to discover information, events, and cultures we knew nothing about.

Travel with a National Geographic Explorer

What began as a haphazard search for famous sites of ancient history has evolved into a highly organized, professional, and systematic study of the peoples and cultures of the past. During this course, you’ll trace the evolution of archaeology from the first crude excavations at Herculaneum to the advanced methods being used at Teotihuacan today. You’ll also gain firsthand insight into cutting-edge technology that has forever changed the field.

And, in this site-oriented exploration, you’ll travel the world: from Ur in Mesopotamia to China’s Shanxi Province; from Masada in Israel to the ancient ruins of Akrotiri in Greece; from Sutton Hoo in England to Machu Picchu in Peru, and many other intriguing locales.

For over a century, National Geographic has been a leader in bringing archaeological discoveries to the world through countless explorations, digs, research projects, and magazine stories. Whether you’re new to the subject or a seasoned archaeology enthusiast, National Geographic’s unique resources will provide an unparalleled glimpse into this fascinating field.

Visit Majestic Civilizations of the Past

These compelling lectures span a stunning range of archaeological discoveries, from excavations on land and under the oceans, to sites located in caverns, frozen in ice, and buried under volcanic ash. Among the many archaeological treasures featured in the course, you’ll study:

  • secrets of Egyptology: Take an in-depth look at how the great Pyramids at Giza, the Step Pyramid of King Zozer, and the Sphinx were built. Learn about the deciphering of Egyptian hieroglyphics and the mysterious techniques of Egyptian embalming and mummification.
  • the glories of ancient Mesopotamia: Discover the resplendent funerary objects of the celebrated “Death Pits of Ur.” At legendary sites such as Nimrud and Ninevah, explore monumental Neo-Assyrian palaces, with their colossal statues, inscribed slabs, and vast libraries of cuneiform texts.
  • Knossos and the cult of the bull: On the island of Crete, investigate the ceremonial, open-air palace of the Minoans; examine its striking wall paintings of sumptuously adorned royals; and explore the dramatic court ritual of bull-leaping and its links to the legend of the Minotaur.
  • ancient maritime trade: Delve into one of the most phenomenal archaeological finds of all time, the Uluburun shipwreck. This 3,000-year-old sunken vessel contained a full cargo of luxurious raw materials and finished goods, illuminating Mediterranean trade routes that existed 13 centuries before the Common Era.
  • Megiddo, jewel of the Near East: Follow the unfolding excavations at this unique site in northern Israel, where more than twenty ancient cities lie buried, one on top of another, revealing marvels of architecture in a sequence dating from 5,000 years ago to the time of Alexander the Great.
  • awe-inspiring archaeological sites of the New World: Across four lectures, travel to the superlative palaces, temple-pyramids, and astronomical structures of New World civilizations from the Maya and the Moche to the Aztecs. You’ll also meet the Nazca, creators of massive geoglyphs in the Peruvian desert.

Look Deeply into the Archaeologist’s Work

In tandem with an exploration of the sites themselves, Professor Cline provides a spirited and highly illuminating look at what archaeologists do and how they do it. Early in the course, you’ll learn about remote sensing technologies such as ground penetrating radar, which allow archaeologists to locate structures hidden from view beneath jungles and deserts.

Within three lectures on the how-to of archaeology, you’ll discover in detail how to excavate buried artifacts, how an archaeological dig is organized and carried out, and how archaeologists use a spectrum of sophisticated technologies to determine the age of sites and artifacts.

Professor Cline enriches the lectures with colorful and revealing stories from the field, drawn from his many years of archaeological work around the world. Among these is his account of his own extensive work at the site of Tel Kabri in Israel, where remarkable discoveries include the largest wine cellar ever found in the ancient Near East.

Professor Cline also weaves engrossing tales of famous and groundbreaking finds, such as Heinrich Schliemann’s unearthing of Troy, the story of intrigue through which the Dead Sea Scrolls were brought to the world, and the dramatic unfolding of archaeology’s first underwater excavation.

With rich visuals from National Geographic and images from the professor’s own dig sites, each fascinating location is brought to life with numerous on-site photos, as well as maps, artwork, animations, and location video such as the original dig footage of Masada, the site of a historic confrontation between imperial Rome and Jewish resistance fighters.

Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites takes you on a vivid and detailed exploration of archaeology’s most magnificent discoveries, in the company of an expert archaeologist and historian with decades of experience in the field. Join The Great Courses and National Geographic for this globe-spanning journey into our breathtaking archaeological heritage.

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  • 1
    The Origins of Modern Archaeology
    Begin to investigate what archaeologists actually do, the nature and scope of their work, and popular misconceptions about the field. As an introduction to the course, trace the colorful history of archaeology from its beginnings with the ancient Babylonian king Nabonidus to archaeological luminaries of the 20th century. x
  • 2
    Excavating Pompeii and Herculaneum
    Travel to the iconic sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy—Roman towns that were famously destroyed by the 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Learn about the history of their excavation, and witness the astonishing preservation of buildings, objects, and human remains. Delve deeper to discover fascinating details of ancient Roman life. x
  • 3
    Schliemann and His Successors at Troy
    Follow the exploits of Heinrich Schliemann, a 19th-century amateur archaeologist who was determined to find the site of Homer's Troy. Learn about his dig through nine stratified cities, the astonishing finds, and the intense debates concerning which city was the actual Troy. Trace subsequent work at the site and examine the compelling conclusions. x
  • 4
    Early Archaeology in Mesopotamia
    Explore the history of phenomenal finds in Mesopotamia, beginning with the 19th-century unearthing of the great Assyrian palaces at Nimrud and Ninevah, with their libraries of cuneiform texts. Also contemplate the 20th-century discovery of the dazzling treasures of the famous Death Pits of Ur."" x
  • 5
    How Do Archaeologists Know Where to Dig?
    This lecture uncovers the methodology archaeologists use in looking for sites. Get acquainted with the uses of remote sensing technologies, such as LiDAR and ground penetrating radar, which enable archaeologists to visualize objects obscured by vegetation and soil. Then investigate ground surveys—reconnaissance done by carefully walking potential sites—which reveal vital information before digging. x
  • 6
    Prehistoric Archaeology
    Prehistoric archaeology allows us to glimpse the earliest times in hominid and human history. Learn about seminal 20th-century finds of hominids in Africa, which provided clues to the origins of our ancestors from millions of years ago. Then discover the astounding figural cave paintings of Lascaux, Altamira, and Chauvet. x
  • 7
    Göbekli Tepe, Çatalhöyük, and Jericho
    Among significant Neolithic (New Stone Age) sites, explore Göbekli Tepe in Turkey, whose imposing stone rings are the oldest known examples of monumental architecture in the early Near East. Continue to Jericho, with its extraordinary tombs and famous tower, and Turkey’s Çatalhöyük, noted for its mysterious houses built without doors or windows. x
  • 8
    Pyramids, Mummies, and Hieroglyphics
    In the first of two lectures on the wonders of Egyptology, learn about the deciphering of hieroglyphics through the legendary Rosetta Stone. Also explore the intriguing techniques of ancient Egyptian embalming and mummification, and get the stories behind the building of the Step Pyramid of Zozer, the Pyramids at Giza, and the Sphinx. x
  • 9
    King Tut's Tomb
    Trace the events that led Egyptologist Howard Carter to the dramatic discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922. Witness the unfolding excavation of the site, and uncover the spectacular treasures of the tomb. Consider why the tomb of a young and short-lived king might have contained such a vast display of wealth. x
  • 10
    How Do You Excavate at a Site?
    Here, delve into the specifics of how to perform an archaeological dig. Learn about the physical tools of the trade, how to excavate objects in the ground, and how a dig's schedule unfolds. Learn about strategies in the field such as vertical" and "horizontal" excavations, and walk through the process of organizing an archaeological project." x
  • 11
    Discovering Mycenae and Knossos
    Follow the archaeological search for King Agamemnon at Mycenae, and ponder the discovery of striking tomb objects as well as the palace from which the Mycenaeans sailed for Troy. From there, uncover the majestic palace of the Minoans at Knossos, with its vibrant wall paintings and perilous court rituals of bull-leaping. x
  • 12
    Santorini, Akrotiri, and the Atlantis Myth
    Visit the famously beautiful Greek island of Santorini, whose picturesque topography resulted from a volcanic eruption in the second millennium B.C. Explore the site of Akrotiri, a town buried under volcanic ash, renowned for masterful wall paintings reflecting ancient Aegean trade. Trace intriguing connections between the volcano's destruction and the myth of Atlantis. x
  • 13
    The Uluburun Shipwreck
    The Uluburun shipwreck, a vessel that sank in 1300 B.C. off the coast of what is now modern Turkey, ranks among the greatest archaeological finds of all time. Learn about its remarkable underwater excavation, and wonder at the ship's fabulous cargo, from ancient raw materials such as copper ingots and ivory to lavish finished goods and dazzling jewelry. x
  • 14
    The Dead Sea Scrolls
    The unearthing of the Dead Sea Scrolls revolutionized the field of biblical studies. Investigate the events that led to their discovery in 1947, and consider their extraordinary contents, which shed light on the Hebrew Bible through texts from over 2,000 years ago. Learn also about the fascinating finds in other nearby caves. x
  • 15
    The Myth of Masada?
    The excavation of Masada—the ancient mountain stronghold of Jewish rebels against Rome—was a milestone for archaeology. Explore the discoveries at the site, hear the harrowing story of its defense, and contemplate the controversy surrounding the use of a first-century historical account in interpreting the archaeological evidence. x
  • 16
    Megiddo: Excavating Armageddon
    The site of Megiddo in northern Israel comprises more than twenty ancient cities, built one atop the other. Trace the excavations there over the last century, and examine the discovery of Neo-Assyrian palaces, lavish Bronze Age tombs, monumental temples, and other treasures at one of the most important archaeological sites in the Near East. x
  • 17
    The Canaanite Palace at Tel Kabri
    Enjoy a firsthand look at archaeological fieldwork as Professor Cline recounts his own excavations at Israel's Tel Kabri. Follow the work at the site from 2005 to 2015, centering on an elaborate Bronze Age Canaanite palace, its striking architectural features, and the oldest and largest wine cellar ever discovered in the ancient Near East. x
  • 18
    Petra, Palmyra, and Ebla
    Here, visit three superlative sites in Jordan and Syria. Begin at Petra, with its breathtaking tombs and temples carved into the face of cliffs. At the desert oasis of Palmyra, explore the site's extraordinary Greco-Roman and Persian architecture. Finish at the great citadel of Ebla, famous for its enormous cache of ancient tablets. x
  • 19
    How Are Artifacts Dated and Preserved?
    Observe how the measurement of factors such as electromagnetic radiation, hydration, and carbon content can reveal the age of excavated objects. Examine how particular environmental conditions can preserve organic material over centuries or millennia. Finally, take account of the looting of antiquities and its impact on the world's archaeological heritage. x
  • 20
    The Terra-cotta Army, Sutton Hoo, and Ötzi
    Among the more unusual archaeological finds, investigate the accidental discovery of China's terra-cotta army, with its spectacular clay warriors, horses, and chariots. Ponder the accidental preservation" of a 7th-century ship at Sutton Hoo in England, and conclude with cases of remarkable preservation of human remains in bogs, ice, and desert environments." x
  • 21
    Discovering the Maya
    Trace the unearthing of the great Maya civilizations in the 19th century, and revel in the excitement of the recent “cracking” of Maya hieroglyphics. Contemplate the extraordinary temple-pyramids, tombs, and athletic courts of the Maya; consider the use of remote sensing technology in uncovering Maya structures; and explore the premier sites of Copán, Palenque, Tikal, and Chichén Itzá. x
  • 22
    The Nazca Lines, Sipán, and Machu Picchu
    Continue with three stellar South American sites: First, ponder the mysteries of the Nazca Lines, giant animal and human figures etched in the soil of the Peruvian desert. Then visit the New World’s richest unlooted tomb, that of the “Lord of Sipán,” and finish at Machu Picchu, glorious city of the Incas. x
  • 23
    Archaeology in North America
    Journey into the archaeological heritage of North America, beginning with the excavation of the Hunley, a Confederate submarine from the U.S. Civil War. Investigate the unearthing of colonial Jamestown, Virginia; consider the impact of the 9,000-year-old Kennewick Man"; and learn about legislation enacted to protect archaeological finds in the U.S." x
  • 24
    From the Aztecs to Future Archaeology
    Finally, travel to the site of Tenochtitlan, buried under modern Mexico City, and to Teotihuacan, with its vast pyramids and temples along the Avenue of the Dead. Conclude the course by considering how future archaeologists may interpret our own culture someday, and reflect on archaeology's contributions to our collective knowledge and our humanity. x
  • 25
    Extra Feature: Set Build Time-Lapse Sequence
    this is a time-lapse sequence that shows how the Production Team at The Great Courses built the set for this amazing course. Enjoy! x

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Eric H. Cline, Ph.D.
The George Washington University Capitol Archaeological Institute
Dr. Eric H. Cline is a Professor of Classics and Anthropology and the current Director of The George Washington University (GWU) Capitol Archaeological Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from Yale University, and a B.A. in Classical Archaeology modified by Anthropology from Dartmouth College. He is also a National Geographic...
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Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 163.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get this course! Dr. Cline leaves no stone unturned in taking you to some of the most fascinating archaeology sites on earth! His expertise, sense of humour, and years of experience in the trenches should not be missed. I am on my second time through this fabulous series, and wouldn't be surprised if I come back for a third season of digging along side Dr. Cline!
Date published: 2019-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent course. Well presented and very interesting.
Date published: 2019-03-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disapointed I am trying to watch the first disc, and it is playing poorly. It is starting and stopping. I watched the second one a couple days ago, and had no problems.
Date published: 2019-02-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So-So This series is more about the history of archeology and famous archeologists, than it is about the world's greatest sites. The instructor's delivery is fair, but could use a little more energy.
Date published: 2019-02-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as expected First, it is not a good idea to ask for a review almost immediately after I got the CD. WAIT at least a month!! I have looked at the first two sessions. They are mostly just lectures. I expected more videos of how the excavating and analysis are being done and more close ups of the items. Most of what is shown of Pompaii is exactly what a tourist would see (I have been there as a tourist, so I know).
Date published: 2019-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is an introduction and more. Good lecturer, makes the course fun, not extremely technical.
Date published: 2019-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Series I finally broke down a bought this course. I’ve been considering it for a while and finally did. I mostly like the course and found it fairly interesting. I’d heard of about half of the sites he talks about, and he had some great stories. I told my wife about the toast that his Mom gave him for his wedding. She liked it as much as I did. Archeology always intrigues me. I was talking to my Dad, who I loved dearly, one time about something archeological, I don’t remember it exactly, but he told me that archeology was a bunch of bunk. Why should we dig up ancient civilizations and study them. I was shocked. Shocked I say! And I told him...What? It’s funny how so many of these series start out with saying why it’s important to study what they are teaching. I couldn’t, and still can’t, say why doing, or learning this stuff is important but I feel it is. I read an article once about why the Western Christian Civilizations should not give back archeological finds. The author made the argument that digging up history and studying it is a Western Christian Civilization heritage and we should own it. The author points out that the Rosetta Stone was in Egypt for 100s of years and the Egyptians never thought they should dig it up and study it. And so it goes for the rest of the world. The author said the only reason these modern countries want their “heritage” back is because they know that they can make money off of it now. I’d never realized that the discoveries in the New World Archeology were made at almost the same time the Old World Archeology was going on. The funny thing about this is that I’ve often pointed out to people John Lloyd Stephens book Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatán because it showed up in the 1840’s and confirmed things that the Book of Mormon said about Meso-America. Let’s just say Mormon’s at that time liked the book and still do. It still seems like New World Archeology isn’t as interesting as Old World Archeology. Oh well. This series tries to show that it’s not, but he spends 21 lectures on one type and only three on the other. Hmmmm.
Date published: 2019-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy listening and vastly educational... To start, I purchased this as an audio download which is the method (via CDs) I prefer because I happen to still have one of the older cars that still has a CD player. And what a way to learn about our past. Dr. Cline is not only full of captivating facts but presents them in an order that keeps you wanting more; this might be because the more you listen to his lectures, the more you realize that you have truly just scratched the surface. Is this where WE will all end up, our bodies like our past just buried and basically dissolved until a new civilization finds (or doesn't find) us? One thing that you will likely take away from all of this is how fragile we are in this whole scenario...the lack of human bones at so many sites, the disappearance of entire civilizations (one large one not being discovered until 1960), the collapsing of cities because others were simply built on top of them (some sites uncover as many as 20 entire cities stacked one atop another...and these are large cities). Was the Trojan Horse and the City of Troy of Homer's poem merely an imaginary story (Dr. Cline dives into this as a scientist, a quandary that continues to leave archeologists struggling to finding any proof of such a site). Grab this course, one of the better ones of the dozen or so which I have listened to...engaging, informative, and one of the very few in which you are sad to reach the end.
Date published: 2018-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent course by an excellent instructor Loved this presentation by this very interesting archeologist...agree with other five-star reviews...however even though the visuals were generally excellent...I feel a few more could have been included for some of the sites....for example regarding Machu Picchu....some of the artifacts were nicely described, but no visuals, other than the site itself, were shown....having personally visited there I would have loved seeing some of what was found there...this is a rather minor complaint as usually the examples shown were enough for the other sites....nothing to take away from this review, but in some cases..a few more visuals would have been welcomed....I recommend this interesting lecture and instructor.
Date published: 2018-09-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This request for evaluation is too soon I haven't watched it yet so can't comment at all but looking forward to it when I have time
Date published: 2018-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating Course! Prof. Cline does a magnificent job in this introductory course. He covers the gamut - from exploring some of history's most famous excavations to explaining how modern archaeological work is performed in the field - and does so with an organized but relaxed presentation style that makes this course a delight. Hat's off to the Great Courses for the terrific visuals - photos, videos, and animations - all of which really enhance the quality of the course. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2018-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating Phys Anth was one of my favorite classes in school. And Ceram's "Gods, Graves and Scholars" is one of my favorite books. This took them one step farther. The info, the pictures, the personal anecdotes - this course was a treasure. I will watch it again.
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful Eric Cline makes it fun! He covers the greatest sites with humor and experience. If only he did each site in its own course in depth. Dr. Cline is one of those presenters whom you want to collect all of the presentations.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fundamentals I purchased this course because I had read (and recommended to others) all of Dr Cline’s books. The course was very knowledgeable and entertaining as I expected it to be. I would highly recommend the course (and his books) to anyone, but particularly to anyone looking to travel to Israel or Jordan. I purchased the audio CDs so I could listen to the lectures going to and from work. I quickly finished the course and will be listening to it again because of the quality of information presented.
Date published: 2018-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative with humor and human interest I have really been enjoying the lectures on Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites. They are very informative, contain a touch of humor, add photos, human interest and the length is just right.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I have always loved archaeology and have enjoyed this course. The professor knows what he's talking about and is able to relate everything in an engaging way. I loved hearing about his personal experience the detailed description of how the process of the dig and all that comes with it. The course is easy to follow and I am so glad I bought this! I would defiantly say that it is better to get the video because the visuals add to the lectures.
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointed This course should have the qualifier ‘’appropriate up to age 17”. I have enjoyed many Great Courses and accordingly expected much more from this one. But it was a massive disappointment and I struggled to get through it, hoping in vain that the perfesser would stop with the irrelevant, vapid, self-aggrandizing personal anecdotes. From the tale of the Troy inspired fashion show to his family experiences, I was embarrassed for this man who obviously has no idea how boring and off-topic he was. Despite the association of this course with National Geographic, with its slick introduction depicting exotic sites, his presentation was often devoid of interesting or informative photography. For instance, several years ago Nat. Geo. featured a wonderfully photographed and extremely interesting site in Turkey, Gobekli Tepi. But the only picture we saw in this course was a drab, shot of the dig accompanied by a very cursory description of its importance. I am astounded that with all the information available about the archeological sites in this course this lecturer padded his presentations with long irrelevant, redundant, harangues about earlier archeological digs (and how his generation had set everything straight). Pity the poor students at GW.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The title is a good representation of content I really like the details provided about the various sites. The biographical details are interesting.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from When Will You Bring Dr. Cline Back? I often skip between lectures, but not this time. Until I reached the end Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites, had my complete attention. The professor, Dr Cline, has a good voice, enthusiasm for the material and a sense of humor, although one that might appeal to a 12 year old. The visuals are very good and there are a good number . The material is very interesting, in depth enough for someone with a basis in archaeology and still interesting for someone with little knowledge.
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Instructive and entertaining This is a course that teaches the practical side of archaeological work while breathing life into the places and people who created the sites. I was very pleased with the course
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So enthralling! I bought this course a month ago for my son to use as part of his homeschooling curriculum. He had a hard time with history until this course! He loves the way the history comes alive through archaeology and has learned so much. The format is easy to follow and I love that there are reference books for us to get at our local library. Definitely a Great Course!
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Archaeology: An Introduction to the World Greatest The instructor was very knowledgeable on the subject. But, I was expecting to see actual digging and more photos.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of many more, I hope I have "binge-watched" these lectures like others will marathon-view TV series or movie trilogies. But beside being entertaining, these are very informative and, beyond that, enriching.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fascinating! This is more informative and interesting than I ever expected. I am learning a lot - but I must admit I knew little to start. It's proven to be perfect for me at the level I am at - beginner. However, I feel I can go back to this info for years to come and learn more each time. The photos make it! Instructor is good, just wish he'd smile occasionally because I bet he has a great personality in there. It's been well worth the price! I'm going to order another class.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites I loved this course. Dr. Cline is an excellent speaker and always made the lectures interesting. I hope there are similar courses in the future.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent overview of great sites I enjoyed this course immensely. Dr. Cline is an excellent, engaging speaker with a good sense of humor, and does a great job in introducing these sites with appropriately detailed discussions for a 30 min segment. Wish he had more time to go in depth with more sites and in each site, as his insights as a hands-on investigator is invaluable.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC! I own 50+ courses and this one is definitely the best produced. It is very informative, great visuals, and the professor addresses the subject perfectly. He makes you imagine you are there with the archaeologist, I enjoyed seeing sites that I've seen in person and learning more about them.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great course, great professor, really interesting content.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Beware! Constant background sound effects The professor in this course is very good. The only problem is I couldn't really concentrate because of the relentless cicada stridulation and bird call sound effects that compete with the professor's delivery. Like many of the The Great Courses now, it is over-produced. The excessive studio props are also overkill and very distracting. Why oh why can't we just return to the days of a live studio audience and a simple lecturn? I look forward to a time when the Playstation mentality that obviously drives the production values of these courses is eradicated. I really hope that time comes soon.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Adventures with a Great Explorer As an amatuer historian I bought this course with the desire to know how the things are made in the first place. I just finished this course. It is great as so many in the Great Courses Company. Professor National Geographic Explorer Eric H. Cline has two excellent qualities: first, he is a professional archeologist; and second, he worked and visited many places that the lecutres shows us. He has passion of his profession and likes to show it during the lectures. The selection of archeological sites is excellent: we almost travel around all the world. One of the best lessons that I learn from the course is Prof. Cline´s alert in Lesson 19 ("How artifacts are dated and preserved"). He told us the story about a call phone from a friend asking about the value of a piece "in the family for many time". He answered that he was prohibited to make any value by the Code of Ethics of the American Archeological Association. The most important is to prevent the black market of archeological pieces around the world. The course is great! Congratulations.
Date published: 2018-01-01
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