The Big History Project
Educational Videos

The Big History Project, was started by Bill Gates and David Christian to enable the global teaching of the subject of Big History, which is described as "the attempt to understand, in a unified way, the history of Cosmos, Earth, Life and Humanity." It is a course that covers history from the Big Bang through to the present in an interdisciplinary way. The Big History Project is dedicated to fostering a greater love and capacity for learning among high school students.

Stone Age Institute co-directors Kathy Schick and Nicholas Toth contributed three educational videos to the Big History Project, including introductory courses on Anthropology, Archaeology, and Making Stone Tools. Big History Project video courses, and other courses, are available free on Khan Academy. The three Big History Project courses by Toth and Schick are included below.

Introduction to Anthropology


In this video lecture created for the Big History Project, researcher and Stone Age Institute co-director Kathy Schick defines the role of the anthropologist in understanding our past and present.

Introduction to Archaeology


In this video lecture created for the Big History Project, Stone Age Institute researcher and co-director Nicholas Toth explains the tools, methods, and focus of an archaeologist.

Making Stone Tools


In this video created for the Big History Project, Nicholas Toth shows how early humans made stone tools that were simple but effective.