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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  • numbers Travel to the iconic sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy.
  • numbers Learn about seminal 20th-century finds of hominids in Africa, which provided clues to the origins of our ancestors.
  • numbers Explore how strategies like "vertical" and "horizontal" excavations are used by Archeologists in the field.
  • numbers Journey into the archaeological heritage of North America, beginning with the excavation of the Hunley.
  • numbers 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 202.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I am enjoying the course Enjoying the course. Having trouble making time for it. A little over committed right now.
Date published: 2020-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can’t Get Enough I must have upwards of 15 courses from The Teaching Company, & my latest acquisition has not disappointed!!
Date published: 2020-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Information I bought this to fill in time during work at home with COVID shutdown. I loved it! Informative, loved the professor. I found myself watching it all the time. Looking for more courses now.
Date published: 2020-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED this class!!! My dream job has always been to be an archeologist. This course let me live a little of that dream! It was presented very well and the information was always easy to understand. It also flowed very well. It kept my attention from start to finish.
Date published: 2020-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Review Of An Exciting Subject The professor makes archaeology come alive - excellent presentation.
Date published: 2020-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite so far! I've liked all of the Great Courses that I've taken and this one tops the list. Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites surpassed my expectations! I was completely absorbed start to finish. The instructor was interesting and clear enough even for a novice; his experiences added much to the enjoyment of each presentation. The lectures were packed with information about important aspects of archaeology that I never would have thought of. I did expect a few more pictures, this being a National Geographic course and very visual subject, but later in the course they came through with some jaw droppers. This course has made it to the top of my favorite list and I will be going through it again very soon.
Date published: 2020-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome class! Awesome lecturer! Dr. Cline is a great storyteller, no doubt about it! The introduction begins with him dressed as Indiana Jones - and then explaining that archaeologists in the field don't dress that way and why. He uses this kind of subtle humor throughout his lectures, and it contributes to the listener hanging on his every word. In the lecture on Pompeii and Herculaneum during Vesuvius' eruption, he explained the type of volcanic eruption it was, showing videos of similar eruptions that occurred during more modern times, and how that eruption impacted the two towns. He quoted from a contemporary observer's writings as that person watched the devastation in horror from an island off shore. I felt like I was there, watching it happen. This is not the dry archaeology course I took in college so many years. This is the story of human history and pre-history as revealed by an archaeologist who obviously LOVES his work and LOVES to share his enthusiasm with anyone who will listen. It's one of the best Teaching Company courses I have ever watched; and that's saying a lot because I am an avid Teaching Company course collector.
Date published: 2020-06-06
Date published: 2020-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from truely an 'introduction' I wish there were more pictures or that the pictures shown would remain on the screen longer while the speaker was talking about them.
Date published: 2020-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saw fabulous sites! I really enjoyed this lecture series. The speaker was very engaging and took me to places that were really interesting from prehistoric caves in France, to Egypt, to Petra, so many places that I may not either have the opportunity to see personally or could not be given priveleged entrance to even if I did. He explain many interesting facts about each site in an engaging way and also showed how the archeological digs were planned and executed. Loved it!
Date published: 2020-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Well worth the purchase. Informative and engaging.
Date published: 2020-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating! A great look at world famous archaeological sites, history of archaeology, and an overview of archaeological sites. The professor is funny and extremely knowledgeable.
Date published: 2020-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good presenter, Good background Good examples, good pictures, Good history. good reference to bible
Date published: 2020-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice historical perspective but too few photos I feel the presenter provides fairly extensive background on the sites, but in a manner too folksy...perhaps an approach good for university but I seek photos, actual walk around and views, and visually touch the sites. Was disappointed.
Date published: 2020-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I learned a lot about sites I had visited already and found lots of sites for my bucket list
Date published: 2020-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great course! This course takes the viewer from the start of archaeology as a 'science' through tools, techniques, dating artifacts, and into some of the most amazing archaeological sites on Earth. Dr. Cline, the presenter, is affable in his delivery, and clear and knowledge in subject matter. The photography is wonderful, the subject matter is full-bodied, the delivery of topics is comprehensive! The area I found not so good, and which I have not encountered in other courses (12 others) was the length of time between lectures when viewing them several at a time, serially. But this was a small annoyance and in no way lessened the actual great benefit of viewing this course.
Date published: 2020-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Archaeology Got this back in January, but have watched a chapter each morning since getting back from vacation mid March. Loved it!
Date published: 2020-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I never knew an Archeology class could be so inter This is the first Great Courses Class I ever seen. It was wonderfulI was encouraged to get some more. Well worth the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2020-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Archaeology: An Introduction the World's Greatest I bought this a couple of months ago and really enjoyed learning about all the sites around the world. Some sites I have been to, some I knew about, and some I knew nothing about. The professor had a lot of hands on experience and was really interesting. He made the course very enjoyable.
Date published: 2020-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well produced series teaches a lot First off, let me say that this series is not like other Great Courses series. It has a mock set and opening montage and some musical interludes. I suppose that is the Nat Geo influence but, that aside, this is still a great series to view. It is full of information that is concise and well presented and aided by a healthy amount of photographs. The professor is an experienced archaeologist and it shows as he guides the viewer through these famous sites. There is also quite a bit of info on how a dig site works and how modern technology is affecting the science. I would have liked to have seen some more about newer dig sites especially in North America and less emphasis on the ancient sites but that is a small gripe. All in all, this series was informative and enjoyable and well worth the time I spent with it.
Date published: 2020-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good overview A good basic view of how archaeology works. For the beginner
Date published: 2020-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very catchy Very Very informative. I keep rereading & watching the dvd and learn something new each time.
Date published: 2020-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great tasting of many sites! I love this course!!! I have learned so much!!! Dr. Cline is a really interesting speaker. I love hearing about his experiences and his humorous antidotes.
Date published: 2020-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Presenter Knows His Stuff Presenter is a master at his craft. Set adds a lot also.
Date published: 2019-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super content What a wonderful course this is! It is full of tons of information and is presented in a colourful and interesting way. The presenter is very good; extremely engaging. I know most viewers are not too fond of the decorated background but personally I love it- it looks fabulous! The information is very interesting indeed and I'm looking forward to watching lots more.
Date published: 2019-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Informative but annoying There is a lot of interesting archeology discussed but the presentation detracts from it. The silly setting that Dr. Cline presents from should have been omitted. Also Dr. Cline spends too much time on personal anecdotes that aren't relevant to the episode. I don't care what he and his family do on vacation for example. The 24 episodes could have been presented in 20 if he had stayed on topic.
Date published: 2019-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am going to miss the daily pleasure of listening to and viewing this excellent course. Professor Cline's style of presenting this highly interesting material deserves the highest accolade.
Date published: 2019-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Dug It This is an excellent series done by a professor that knows exactly what he is talking about. Professor Cline has a thorough knowledge of other archaeological digs and has worked and supervised his own sites. I found his humor and personal stories added to his talks. The maps and photographs were also helpful. My favorite lectures were Pompeii, King Tut's Tomb, Santorini and The Dead Sea Scrolls. I knew nothing about Archaeology and this course was perfect for me.
Date published: 2019-10-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not so much focus on the 30 sites as expected The Prof is focused on the Bronze Age of the Middle East and the Judeo-Christian Bible. Also, the level of detail and stories about the archaeology (vs his personal career and family) wasn't up to the level of other courses. The site-detail wasn't what the blurb led me to expect, and I expected more images from a DVD course. If his angle isn't your jam, I'd previously gotten more of what I expected from this course in the audio-version courses: Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome, The History of Ancient Egypt, and Maya to Aztec. Wish I'd got the DVDs of those.
Date published: 2019-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I have always been interested in ancient history and had heard of most of the sites described. Dr. Cline is an engaging, down-to-earth lecturer. He gave me so much in-depth information not only on the sites themselves, the history and legend around them, but also a vivid description of how an archaeologist and his team works. Much of it was also his personal account of his time at many of the sites. I was fascinated. There were lots of photos and graphics, which, being a visual learner, I much appreciated. I loved it all.
Date published: 2019-07-17
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