1. Premium Resources:
The following premium units are available for Period 1:
A panoramic overview of all the ancient civilizations of the Eastern Hemisphere up to 500 BCE.
The Bronze Age Middle East from 3500 to 1275 BCE, covering the Sumerian, Babylonian, Ancient Egyptian and Hittite civilizations.
The Middle East from 1275 BCE to 500 BCE, covering the Assyrian, Babylonian and beginning of Persian empire. It also references the history of the Israelites during this period.
2. Free Resources:
This section contains links to useful maps and articles within the Timemap of World History for AP World History, Period 1 (10000 BCE to 600 BCE).
The Maps are accompanied by short descriptions of what’s going on in the region shown. The Articles allow students to study topics in more depth. Here, just a selection of key articles are referenced, due to the time constraints the AP world history program imposes. For a full list of articles, go to the TimeMaps Encyclopedia home page.
For a global perspective on this period, see
Note: information on these maps can be found below each map; scroll down below the timelines and you’ll reach it.
For a broad perspective on the Middle East, where the first urban civilizations in world history were located and spread their influence through trade and empire see:
For a close-up on the civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt, see:
For a look at other countries in the Middle East which were influenced by the great civilizations through trade or empire, see:
For the Indus Civilization and what came after, see:
For Ancient China, including the Shang and early Zhou dynasties, see:
For a broader perspective on East Asia, showing the spread of farming and civilization from China to neighbouring countries such as Korea and Japan, see:
For the Chavin civilization:
For the Olmec civilization, see:
For Europe as a whole:
For Greece and the Aegean, the home of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations:
This region isn’t really mentioned in the AP course guidance, but it is useful for looking at the way influences from the Middle East led to the rise of civilization here:
This section has lesson ideas for using TimeMaps resources with AP Period 1. Please adapt them for your particular requirements.
Gets students to focus on the evolution of early river valley civilizations and their off-shoots from 3500 BCE to 600 BCE.
An overview of Period 1 from 3500 to 600 BCE
A briefer version of the above.