Welcome

Join us as we travel through time and learn how human communication has evolved over the ages.  We will also learn how the ride itself has changed over the years. Introduction Recording of Information Navigating a Hostile World When: ~ 35,000 Years Ago Where: Europe Cave People When: ~ 15,000 Years Ago Where: Europe (Southwestern […]

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Introduction

We start with the introduction from the narrator.   We see nebulous purple and pink clouds with white lightning as we ascend in our time machine.  It almost looks like a nebula –  an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases.  Its also known as a “stellar nursery” – the birthplace of stars. […]

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Navigating a Hostile World

The Earth is approximately 4.5 billion years old.   The first human ancestors appeared between five million and seven million years ago and Neanderthals emerged  250,000 years ago (1).  The Upper Palaeolithic (Late Stone Age) dates between about 40,000 to 10,000 years ago and during this time (about 35,000  years ago) modern Homo sapiens (Cro-Magnon man) replaced the Neanderthals. (2) Cro-Magnon […]

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Cave People

The Spaceship Earth time machine blasts ahead 15,000 years to an era of cave-dwelling people.  We enter a dimly lit cavern with men, women, and children in the flickering light of the fire.  Here is where we first see the immense details that went into this attraction.  The original script indicates that a “prehistoric shaman” […]

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Ancient Egypt

The scene after the Cave People has us transition from cave drawings to hieroglyphics as we move into an Egyptian temple (representing the New Kingdom approximately 1567 – 1085 B.C.) on the right.  On the left is a man sitting in front of the reeds along the Nile making papyrus. (1)  Further ahead an Egyptian pharaoh is […]

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The Phoenicians

From Egypt we move North to the Mediterranean Sea where over the next 1,000 years the Phoenicians were the prime sea merchants of the region.  These Semitic sea-traders were not strictly defined to a specific region and were ruled by various empires in the region including the Egyptians, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, and Greeks (1). Commerce […]

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Greece “The Theater is Born”

’82-’97 Version We move slightly West and on to the 5th – 4th Century BC to find ourselves in Ancient Greece amidst a performance of “Oedipus Rex” written by Sophocles circa 428 B.C.    There are two gentlemen in the forefront with a 3rd in the back holding his mask awaiting his role (1) (he’s actually […]

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Greece “Inventors of the Future”

In the 2008 refurbishment, the theater scene was abandoned and replaced with a scene depicting a philosopher lecturing a number of students.  Far away/little dude is still in the back!  Two young dudes/students were added to the scene.  The handwriting we learned about with the Greek alphabet changed from an aid to oral performance in […]

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Ancient Rome

From Ancient Greece we move forward about 500 years to Ancient Rome. There are many details before even reaching the main scene with characters. Statue The first thing we see after leaving Greece is a marble statue of Augustus (63 BC – AD 14), the first Roman Emperor.  Augustus had ended 100 years of civil […]

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Burning Rome

Graffiti As you leave the meet up between the Romans (and shake your head in despair that the the chariot is missing) look to the right and you’ll see Ancient Roman graffiti! According to Jim Korkis (3): The graffiti which appears on the walls in the “Fall of Rome” also appeared on the walls of […]

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