Cradles of Civilization

Name the six regions in the world where, according to current archaeological data, civilization has emerged independently.
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Last updated: October 2, 2017
First submittedSeptember 25, 2017
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Answer
The Andes
China
Egypt
Indus Valley
Mesoamerica
Mesopotamia
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Level 73
Oct 3, 2017
I doubt anyone will get 100% on that one first time...
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Level 78
Oct 3, 2017
Got 100% first time πŸ’ͺ Peru and Mexico worked for the Americas :)
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Level 68
Oct 3, 2017
Peru and Guatemala for me
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Level 52
Nov 15, 2017
Peru, mexico, egypt, mesopotamia, india and china did it for me! If they asked for the actual names written in the quiz it would definitely be much harder.
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Level 67
Mar 8, 2018
I also tried Mexico and Peru. :) And got 100% on first try.
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Level 61
Dec 19, 2019
i tried inca+maya and it didn't work so I went with andes and mesoamerica.
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Level 49
May 7, 2020
Yeah, REALLY EASY!
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Level 50
Sep 18, 2020
I said Norte Chico. Admittedly, I got that from 'The History of the World, I Guess' video.
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Level 84
Oct 3, 2017
I got 100% on the first time because typing countries names instead of the regions worked
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Level 51
Nov 15, 2017
same here, also with mexico and peru
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Level 80
Oct 3, 2017
I did easily. But there are some other maybes that could be on the list... Australia, New Guinea/Indonesia, Nigeria, and there may have been two independent locations in China. Some of this depends on how exactly civilization is defined. Also "the Hilly Flanks" though this overlaps with Mesopotamia. Emergence of civilization around Sudan/Ethiopia may have been indpendent from Egypt or may have been connected... and Egypt and Mesopotamia may have also been linked and not independent.... and there is some evidence that civilization in the Indus Valley was just an offshoot of Mesopotamian civilization.
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Level 17
Feb 20, 2020
bruh
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Level 80
Sep 18, 2020
what? I'm interested in the topic...
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Level 79
Nov 15, 2017
People will, I only missed Egypt, one of the more obvious ones.
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Level 68
Nov 15, 2017
Well, I did. But I'm an archaeologist, so it probably doesn't count. :p
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Level 55
Nov 15, 2017
Central America worked, too.
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Level 33
Nov 15, 2017
maybe you just didn't get it the first time. I thought of norte chico then no...then aztecs and said mexico. then peru yay
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Level 45
Nov 16, 2017
I got 100% the first time without peaking :)
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Level 51
Jan 29, 2018
I did.
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Level 62
May 9, 2018
I did, and had 0:52 on the clock
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Level 41
May 23, 2018
I did, using modern country names though.
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Level 37
Oct 7, 2018
^ I did. - Using mesopotamia and mesoamerica. (Didn't get Egypt because I was concentrating on thinking of a name for North Africa that would match Mesopotamia and mesoamerica).
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Level 56
Dec 14, 2018
I did. How dare you doubt me? It was easy
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Level 66
Sep 18, 2020
I did! (I typed, China, India, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Mexico and Peru)
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Level 72
Oct 3, 2017
What about Vinča culture ? Old enough?
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Level 80
Oct 3, 2017
Yeah that's another one. It's not about age it's about whether or not civilization arose independent of other civilizations. It's still not known conclusively if civilization developed in the Balkans by itself or if it was the result of migrations out of nearby Asia.
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Level 72
Jan 24, 2018
Hah, then this quiz does not have any sense.
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Level 72
Jan 24, 2018
From where in Asia? Where is that civilization in Asia?
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Level 80
Sep 14, 2018
From Egypt and Mesopotamia via the Levant and Asia Minor, of course. If you get to the Bosphorous there is only about 800 meters between the Balkans and Asia there.
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Level 60
Nov 15, 2017
Shouldn't Turkey be in there too?
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Level 80
Nov 15, 2017
Almost certainly an offshoot of Mesopotamia
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Level 74
Nov 15, 2017
I only got Indus Valley and Mesopotamia. The instructions weren't very clear about what you were exactly looking for. Bad quiz.
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Level 46
Nov 15, 2017
Talk about a sore loser :)
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Level 80
Nov 15, 2017
The instructions are very clear. You just didn't know the answers.
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Level 57
Nov 15, 2017
I have to agree. Quiz felt weird to take. Some of these areas are frequently referred to by their location and some aren't. Eg. you can know Olmecs and type it in and be kind of at a loss for "Mesoamerica."
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Level 80
Nov 16, 2017
Do you know "Mexico" and "Peru?"
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Level 80
Nov 16, 2017
Though, again, if you read much at all about the answers you would see terms like Mesoamerica all the time.
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Level 45
Nov 16, 2017
Very interesting. I recently watched a series originally aired 1 or 2 years ago which investigated archaeological evidence and claims but concluded in the end that humans had still originated in Africa. I personally wasn't convinced that people made it right down from Alaska to the tip of South America with the dates given though.
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Level 37
Dec 5, 2017
Why not? - Ever hear of canoes and kayaks, camels, llamas? - These were all modes of early transportation. (And, please let's not overlook the alien spaceships!)
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Level 80
Sep 14, 2018
The estimates I've seen say it took 5,000 - 10,000 years. You don't think you could walk the length of the Americas if you had 5,000 years?
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Level 80
Sep 18, 2020
Also the origin of humans and the origins of civilization are very different things. By the time that humans started creating civilization - settling down from their hunter/gatherer lifestyles to practice agriculture and animal husbandry, make pottery and build cities - homo sapiens had already spread out and populated pretty much the entire planet. At least 4-6 separate times, and likely more, those humans spread out over the globe independently (without any outside help or influence) invented agriculture and/or animal husbandry, and thus started civilization. If civilization started in one area (like Iraq), and then from there spread outward to other areas (like Syria, Turkey, and Greece) then we would not call the latter places cradles of civilization. It's difficult to determine where exactly and how exactly this happened, though, as early civilizations typically don't leave behind much evidence of their existence. And agriculture always predates writing.
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Level 45
Nov 16, 2017
Although rereading the title it is where *civilization* emerged, not where humans were originally 'born'.
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Level 80
Sep 18, 2020
right
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Level 17
Feb 20, 2020
I put down Meso America, Andes, India, China, Mesopotamia, egypt and got it on first time
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Level 37
Sep 18, 2020
Indus valley is in Pakistan not in India so India shouldn't be accepted
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Level 57
Sep 18, 2020
Oh... Yeah Dholavira is in Pakistan and Rakhigarhi is 150km from Islamabad right πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚?
See, I know Indus Valley is in Pakistan and so Indus Valley Civilization is a collective history and pride of both Pakistan and India. Let's be proud of it together and shake our hands (぀≧▽≦)぀
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Level 59
Sep 18, 2020
All my life thought that mesoamerica included the Inca Empire as well. :S I even had to double check it. Awesome trivia.
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Level 53
Sep 18, 2020
Please accept "Fertile Crescent" for Mesopotamia.
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Level 53
Sep 18, 2020
Don't know a lot about this subject so I found it an interesting, thought provoking quiz.
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Level 43
Sep 18, 2020
Thanks Bill Wurtz
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Level 46
Sep 18, 2020
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Level 41
Sep 18, 2020
Thanks to my world history teacher, this was easy.
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Level 53
Sep 18, 2020
didn't get Mesoamerica... but I tried the Olmec, Mayan, Aztec and Incas...
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Level 55
Sep 19, 2020
Got all. "Peru" and "Mexico" helped me out. Did it a second time to see what else was accepted. "Guatemala" also works for Mesoamerica. "Iraq" also works for Mesopotamia. "Yellow" also works for China. "Pakistan" and "India" also works for Indus Valley.
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Level 54
Sep 20, 2020
I'm glad I read Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs, and Steel" a few months ago. :)
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Level 69
Sep 27, 2020
I know that these six are the commonly academically accepted "cradles of civilization," so this isn't a correction. It's just that "civilization" is a very loosely defined term - some define it as when people abandon nomadism and settle down to domesticate plants, and others define it as the first appearance of a unifying, governing state over these settlements. However, even if we're using the latter, I really think academia is leaving out dozens of potential examples. One example that jumps out to me, just because I live in it, is the Eastern Agricultural Complex of North America. They started cultivating plants and building mounds thousands of years BCE, and at one point, the central city of Cahokia was as big as contemporaneous London, with a state that developed separately from Mesoamerica and hundreds of years before Columbus. wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Agricultural_Complex wikipedia.org/wiki/Mound_Builders wikipedia.org/wiki/Cahokia Again, this comment is just for fun!
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Level 21
Oct 8, 2020
100.First try. I took 35 seconds.