Unformatted text preview: Yogini Patel Anthro 150: Ancient Civilizations Discussion: Fridays @ 9 What is a civ·i·li·za·tion ? Back in middle school or high school I would have defined a civilization as a group of people having an advanced social development that included a complex legal, political and religious organizations, advanced modes of transportations and agriculture. Perhaps, I would have added it was the process for a group of people becoming civilized or in the process of becoming civilized, if I wanted to the easy route out. Seven years were spent learning about specific civilizations such as the Egyptians, Sumerians, Mayans and so forth but never did the teacher mention how the remains of these people became known as a civilization. But after leaving high school and sitting through my first college lecture, I learned a civilization is a loose term used to define groups of people and how they used to live. A civilization didn’t describe a daily life; it described how they used to live before making...
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- Fall '08
- Sociocultural evolution, Yogini Patel, Orchard Hill