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Engineering an Ancient Empire - Egypt (part 1)

Ancient Mysteries
This is another in the "Engineering..." series that also includes one about Rome. The film makers have lots of re-enactments that are amazing in their location shots, costumes and the numbers of people they employ. It's movie quality. And they have lots of shots of the current locations for the many sites that are discussed. More than anything else, they discuss the engineering challenges in building the Egyptian empire starting about 5,000 years ago. It's educational and entertaining. Perhaps a little more on the technical side would have made it even more educational.

he Nile has been the lifeline of its region for much of human history. The fertile floodplain of the Nile gave humans the opportunity to develop a settled agricultural economy and a more sophisticated, centralized society that became a cornerstone in the history of human civilization. Nomadic modern human hunter-gatherers began living in the Nile valley through the end of the Middle Pleistocene some 120,000 years ago. By the late Paleolithic period, the arid climate of Northern Africa became increasingly hot and dry, forcing the populations of the area to concentrate along the river region.

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