3 minute lesson
What lies beneath the streets of your favorite city?
It’s easy to forget that the ground you are standing on is rich with hundreds, if not thousands of years of history. Layered with stories spanning generations, the world’s largest cities hide all kinds of artifacts. If we take the time to look long enough, each layer has something to say.
After the discovery of new archaeological finds, National Geographic created a stunning short film to commemorate 40,000 years of the history of London made entirely of paper. Let’s explore some hidden history from one of the world’s most well-known cities.
History isn’t just about the study of the past. By studying history we learn about the way people lived their lives, and sometimes we get to see how similar we are today to the people of the past. This video shows that that study doesn’t have to be boring. There are ways we can explore and learn about the past that allow us to be creative and curious.
Commemorating the history of London like this is truly beautiful and creative. As it so often does, art can be a beautiful way to connect us to history.
Inspiring people to care about the planet! National Geographic is the world’s premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what’s possible.
A special thanks to Katy Murphy from Clarkson University for her contribution to EWCed! If you’re interested in contributing your own Touchstones or favorite videos, let us know!
This Is 40,000 Years of London’s History-Made Entirely of Paper.” YouTube. National Geographic, 24 Jan. 2016. Web. 19 Apr. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovzoNbUkg6k>.