It’s easy to take for granted the basic luxuries we’ve come to expect in modern society. But what if a zombie apocalypse, or something similar, quickly destroyed our comfortable way of life and we were forced to start over?
In AMC’s “The Walking Dead” (which airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST), now in its ninth season, characters have survived years after the zombie apocalypse began and are now working to expand their simple communities into a stronger, more capable and civilized society.
“You’re gonna be evidence that we’re making a civilization,” Rick Grimes, one of the show’s main characters, told Negan, a villain Rick captured, at the end of season 8. “Something like what we had. Something we’re gonna get back.”
But what does it take to build a civilization from the ground up? Live Science spoke with experts in early human history to get their thoughts on the keys to building a sustainable civilization.