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Unit 7 Overview: Agriculture and Complex Societies (9:13)

Key Ideas

As this video progresses, key ideas will be introduced to invoke discussion.

Key Ideas

Think about the following questions as you watch the video

  1. 02:38 Rachel argues that farming added a lot of complexity to our lives. What had to happen for the Standard of Ur box to exist?
  2. 03:00 How does the Standard of Ur provide us with evidence about how complex societies interacted?
  3. 05:10 How did early humans transform their environments?
  4. 06:02 What are sedentary foragers and why did these foragers become the first farmers?
  5. 07:29 How did farming lead to a social hierarchy, laws, and shared belief systems?
  6. 08:18 How do we know so much about the transition from foraging to farming to complex societies?