Where did civilization begin? That's a question archeologists have been trying to answer for centuries. Many believe it began in ancient Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Asia, in what is now part of Turkey and Iraq. This program examines the Sumerian civilization in detail and takes students to the ancient lands of the Babylonians and the Assyrians to learn of their lives and customs, much of which we have learned from the Bible. The program is hosted by the intriguing archeologist, Arizona Smith, and his young detective-in-training. A teacher's guide is available online, and features additional information on the topic, vocabulary words, discussion questions, follow-up activities and lists of recommended books and Internet resources. 23 min. each. Grades 3-7. Close-captioned.