I referenced the cradle of civilization in my last post in the history series and in this post I am going to write a little bit about it. When I was reading about how India was 5,000 years ago, I was drawn to the question of who else existed at the time, and what did a map of the world look like at that time? That led me to another question which was where did civilization actually start?
This is an interesting map of the major population centers of that time since all of these can’t strictly be called civilizations.
While the term cradle of civilization is used in this context to usually indicate Mesopotamia which is roughly modern day Iraq, there is consensus that civilization independently started at six sites around the world.
- Harappan Civilization
- New World
In my next post, I am going to touch upon Mesopotamia first, and write about what I learn about that part of the world.