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The Standing on the Shoulders of Giants "Teach & Learn" Black History Curriculum​​

Specially designed for Parents, Teachers, Homeschool, or Independent Study, grades 5+

Where Black
History Lives!​

Unit 1: Ancient Africa - The Cradle of Civilization
(200,000 B.C. - 476 B.C.)

Unit 1: Class 3: The Beginning of Civilization

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Oldest African Rock Art
The oldest rock art in Africa was found in Namibia and is dated between 28,500 and 27,500 years ago. Rock art throughout Africa that predates the civilizations of Nubia and ancient Egypt proves that African genius was being cultivated thousands of years BEFORE ancient Egypt!

Slide Show: African Rock Art (27,500 - 4,000 years ago)

Many people believe that African civilization began with ancient Nubia and ancient Kemet/Egypt. This is incorrect. African history and African civilization began tens of thousands of years before ancient Nubia and ancient Egypt. The civilizations of ancient Nubia and ancient Kemet/Egypt were a result of the accumulation of knowledge of African people living throughout the continent for thousands of years (the first human beings are believed to have been born in Africa over 200,000 years ago!)

As you will see in the slide show, Africans gradually subdued the environment and became the most intelligent life form on earth. They developed the bow and arrow over 64,000 years ago and became the top of the food chain. They domesticated a wide variety of animals as well as plants. They created the horse-drawn carriage, and became master artists as evidence by the skilled drawings and paintings they left on rocks, which still exist thousands of years later despite being exposed to the elements.

THEY WORE CLOTHES. As you will see, Africans were not only wearing clothes thousands of years before ancient Egypt/Kemet, these clothes were highly decorated. In addition, you will see that early Africans were also making and wearing jewllery well before ancient Kemet/Egypt. In fact, much of the clothes and jewllery that you will see is similar in style and design to that of ancient Nubia and ancient Egypt.

The story of African rock art tells us that African people had been developing civilization thousands of years before ancient Egypt, which helps us better understand that ancient Egypt/Kemet did not arise out of thin air. Instead, the civilizations of ancient Nubia and ancient Egypt were the result of thousands of years of African knowledge that was cultivated throughout the continent. Ancient Egypt was not the work of aliens; it was the result of the accumulation of knowledge over literally hundreds of thousands of years. 
Related Video
The Dabous Giraffes are a neolithic petroglyph (rock art) completed between 9,000 B.C.E. and 7,000 B.C.E. in what is now Niger, Africa. One giraffe has on a leash, suggesting the early domestication of the camel. The sophistication and significance of these carvings provide evidence that the African genius was sparked thousands of years before the founding of Ancient Egypt. ​


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