Jericho: The First City on Earth?

Jericho: The First City on Earth?

2019, History  -   7 Comments
Ratings: 6.56/10 from 27 users.

Among the first cities of the world, Jericho remains the most significant. It was the first truly communal settlement, the first to be surrounded by walls and to feature towers and steps. These are just a few of the fascinating insights featured in Jericho: The First City on Earth?, an illuminating documentary that feels like a living time capsule.

Jericho was established before the advent of pottery, writing or other means by which modern-day archeologists distill past narratives. There is much we have yet to learn about the ancient city, such as where its inhabitants originated or which god they worshiped. But there are tell-tale signs that teach us much about how they lived and the advancements they ushered into being.

Located on the West Bank in Palestine, Jericho is thought to date back 11,000 years. Remarkably, the desert landscape has changed very little in the time since, and it continues to house populations to this day. Though the region had been uncovered decades earlier, the most significant findings occurred in the 1950s under the guidance of acclaimed British archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon. Through meticulous excavation and study, Kenyon and her crew were able to date the area and provide clues as to how the city managed to thrive for thousands of years.

The film recounts these findings and the evidence that supports them. Early farmers might have converged with Jericho's hunter-gatherers, brought with them an early form of grain, and taught them new advances in agriculture. More widespread acceptance of communal living and agricultural concepts would come into play many years later during the Neolithic Age.

Other artifacts in the region speak to religious fixations, most notably in a mysterious tower structure. Evidence also suggests that the city inhabitants were the first to domesticate animals.

Jericho: The First City on Earth? paints a vivid portrait of a time long, long ago. For as many answers as it provides, the film also embraces the enduring enigma of the region. Archaeologists and other researchers continue their quest to unearth greater truths about the region and its influence on the world we know today.

Directed by: Pete Kelly

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7 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Sana Fazi

    Varanasi (Kashi) is mentioned in the Hindu scriptures as a place of learning even in the days of yore.

  2. Wake Up People

    The amount of Lies and fabrications for the purpose of a few dollars. Right off the bat you stated that people could not possibly even make pottery ; yet they were able to organize, maintain and facilitate a city. You sir are a product of a generational retardation due to the archaic systems introduced to confuse all education which started with false statements toward the Bible. Have you ever actually had an independent thought outside of what you may have been told? This is truly like Google algorithms have spoken to us the entire time.

  3. Sylvia everi

    Sana'a is the oldest capital city in the world... followed by Damascus .. the oldest continuously inhabited capital city in the world ... I believe both are older than Jerico

  4. mterry

    ps....Me..and the other 2 people that took the time to comment:.... COULD HAVE DONE. BETTER! I Honesty think you owe us an apology!!!
    txt us back if u truley can be honest....chin up dude

  5. mterry

    Omg really- Not! time fact check.... Did someone actually give u money to create this fictional analogy???... Lmk

  6. Yawn

    Sing-song reading put me to sleep. Recommended for insomniacs.

  7. Lu

    Ummm... Not according to various other documentaries I've watched and books (History of the World - Roberts & Westad 2013) I've read.