It's said that familiarity breeds contempt - but unfamiliarity does too. Too often we view past civilizations or cultures though a lens of exoticism at best, and superiority or condemnation at worst. We believe it's important to study these cultures with an intent to learn, analyze, and understand, and not to judge.
Ancient civilizations are among the furthest removed cultures from our own, and the distance of time means that much information about them has not reached us today. This makes ancient civilizations a particularly interesting and challenging topic for us. In this project, our aim was to learn about these unfamiliar cultures and to present our findings in a fair and interesting way. After all, these civilizations are the foundations upon which our present societies are built!
What it does
This is an interactive map that illustrates the location of early civilizations on the world map. The different regions are highlighted in purple for perspective on the size and influence of each ancient civilization. When the icons are clicked a tab will pop up with a slideshow of pictures and information on that specific civilization. Links are provided for the user to do further research.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
This was our first time working with the Google Maps API so it was difficult to get get past the steep learning curve. We tried to get the Google Maps API to display data from a KML file that we generated, but we ran into challenges with using locally saved KML files. After some struggles and lack of success, we decided to create our own KML files and parse the coordinate data of the KML file directly to the script.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
What we learned
What's next for Ancient Civilization Explorer
The civilizations that we featured spanned enormously long and disparate eras. We hope to add an interactive timeline that can show how the civilizations evolved over time.
After a weekend of research, we've barely broached the surface of these civilizations! Each civilization includes many cultures, and each culture has its own art, literature, architecture, languages, and religions... We're happy with the start we made during this project, but there's still so much more learning to add to our Explorer.