First cultural settlement ... 3 Pyramid Egyptian outpost. Sometimes 3 is better than 1.
I chose the Egyptian Settlement (instead of Viking) quest because I already have too much attack boost for my era.
The Ancient Obelisk
gives a very healthy 6% defence boost for attacking armies (useful when a one-shot kill is rare).
The Royal Bathhouse
also gives 10 daily units ... useful when you have no unit production buildings (excl rogue hideout).