Before The Egyptians is an hour-long 65-part television series that explores and connects the global migration of human civilization after the flood and prior to the rise of the Pharaohs along the Nile. Archaeologists constantly remind us the time before the Egyptians is prehistoric - a time of "cavemen" - but this is not the case, as there were civilizations around the world that inscribed and recorded their history - our history - in stone long before, not to mention those left ignored. Each week our engaging hosts travel to a new location and explain its compelling affect upon the new history books
Science also tells us today that in the wake of a rather rapid meltdown - geologically speaking - of our most recent Ice Age about 12,000 years ago, the oceans rose several hundred feet and submerged existing coastal habitats. Perhaps there was another catastrophic pole shift, an increasingly popular theory to explain the upheaval or, as other researchers hypothesize, a comet impacted the Atlantic ocean causing devastating tsunamis, earthquakes and ice-melting volcanoes - augmented due to heat-trapping soot landing upon the glaciers.
Assuming someone lived to tell that tale, this event would explain - in terms of human evolution - the "list of suddenlies", an abundant list of facts now accumulated from each scientific discipline studying the changes that took place concurrently around the world over 10,000 years ago.
Since moving out of Africa, modern humans (Homo Sapiens Sapiens) have been evolving for over 140,000 years. Yet the evidence suggests they only moved into Europe 35,000 years ago; some theorists argue that we need to look elsewhere to determine where on earth the tools and skills were developed to successfully build cities and thus civilization. The Mayan Long Count - one component of their famed Calendar - comprises names for very long time spans. For example, the Alautun references a period approximately 63 million years.
Our wandering ancestors were aligning megalithic monuments, such as those located in England and Malta, at least a thousand years before the Great Pyramid was built. Moreover, fascinating "Stone Age" settlements, like the one found at Skara Brae in the Orkneys, were carefully constructed long before Khufu erected his Wonder of the World. These people talked. They knew how to utilize a right angle, measure the changing positions of the stars and planets over time, and ably cut and move multi-ton blocks of solid rock.
The series will examine possible routes taken by these prehistoric travelers, and look at who seems to have influenced who.Ancient potters across both the Middle and Far East were firing clay and creating ceramics for commercial distribution seven thousand years ago - indicating not only technology management but also financial administration and thus class structure were already an accepted way of life. We now know wine was stored in ceramic vessels over 8,000 years ago.
Interestingly, in Japan the Jomon had kilns operating several thousand years earlier, yet a pottery factory in production over 26,000 years ago was recently discovered in Eastern Europe. Humans have obviously been exploring and exploiting for a very, very long time; passion for power and wealth has driven technological change over many millennia, but has always been tempered by art and culture - and looking good....