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Out of the Past: Artisans and Traders

57 minutes 45 seconds

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Researchers explore the link between economic and cultural evolution. Hunter-gatherers and early agriculturalists had simple divisions of labor, but today people make a living in many ways. The proliferation of occupations and the extreme economic interdependence of today are the result of increasing job specialization, which causes society to continually undergo restructuring. Part of the "Out of the Past" series.

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Runtime: 57 minutes 45 seconds

Ancient intricate face statue carved out of brown and red stone. It has a wide open mouth and hair that resembles flower petals going around the head. Caption. The amazing variety of new world civilizations.
Out of the Past
Season 0 / Ep 1
58 minutes 7 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Silhouette of a pyramid with the sun peeking out from behind it. Caption. Archaeologists are looking for patterns in the past.
Out of the Past
Season 0 / Ep 2
57 minutes 29 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Man wearing a pink plaid shirt looks down and touches a piece of yellow leather that another man in a light green hoodie is holding. Hundreds of colorful leather samples are on the wall behind them. Caption. Their leather making skill is world renowned.
Out of the Past
Season 0 / Ep 3
57 minutes 45 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Brown computer graphic of a star made of 4 intersecting lines. Text on screen reads, "'an' or heaven." Caption. A star shape, to represent god or heaven.
Out of the Past
Season 0 / Ep 4
57 minutes 27 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Computer graphic of a large, ancient palace and its courtyards. The palace is made of multiple cascading levels and is surrounded by courtyards and other similar, but smaller buildings. Caption. The palaces and temples of the royal family.
Out of the Past
Season 0 / Ep 5
57 minutes 55 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Archaeological dig of ancient stone buildings surrounded by historical city buildings and streets. A large dome is visible in the distance. Caption. Eventually led to the discovery of a large complex of buildings.
Out of the Past
Season 0 / Ep 6
57 minutes 27 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Closeup of a statue of a man's face with curly hair and a medium length curly beard. It is made of dark stone. Caption. And king of all gods, Jupiter Optimus Maximus.
Out of the Past
Season 0 / Ep 7
57 minutes 53 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Abstract drawing of a white and a yellow skulls with block teeth surrounded by Aztec designs. The yellow skull's mouth is open. Caption. The alliance destroyed the Aztec empire.
Out of the Past
Season 0 / Ep 8
57 minutes 56 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12

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    Lucinda A. (Bellingham, WA)
    February 12th, 2020 at 05:59 PM

    Quality film for students of all fields of anthropology.