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A history of firsts [slideshow]

We live in a globalized world, but mobility is nothing new. Set on a huge continental stage, By Steppe, Desert and Ocean tells the story how human society evolved across the Eurasian continent from Europe to China. Covering over 10,000 years, from the origins of farming around 9000 BC to the expansion of the Mongols in the thirteenth century AD, it shows how humankind first started building the globalized world we know today.

In the slideshow below, take a look at some of the first developments that demonstrate the inventive and acquisitive nature of humanity.

Featured image credit: Ancient Palmyra by Barry Cunliffe. Do not use without permission.

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