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7 09, 2017

History of gold and gold mining

By |2019-07-08T15:52:19-07:00September 7th, 2017|Economy|0 Comments

History of gold - a bust of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamon When did people first use gold? People have been using gold to make jewelry since the Stone Age. You can find it just lying in little lumps in streams here and there. And gold is always pretty and yellow, even when it is just lying [...]

31 08, 2017

Roman restaurants – going out to eat in ancient Rome

By |2018-05-21T17:00:47-07:00August 31st, 2017|Economy, Food, Romans|0 Comments

A carving of a fast food restaurant in northern Europe Many people in bigger towns in ancient Rome lived in just one room and didn't have kitchens in their apartments. They ate most of their meals in fast food restaurants like this one in the picture. You can see that one guy is sitting at a booth while [...]

16 08, 2017

Inheritance and history

By |2019-09-19T20:16:51-07:00August 16th, 2017|Economy|0 Comments

Inheritance and an ancient Egyptian family: boys and girls inherit equal shares What is inheritance? Inheritance means that when your parents die, you get whatever stuff they owned. That means especially their house and their farm, if they had one. History of farming How do people get into debt? Inheritance in Mesopotamia And in [...]

16 08, 2017

What is a dowry? History of marriage

By |2019-05-17T05:38:18-07:00August 16th, 2017|Economy|0 Comments

Dowry: Peleus, future father of Achilles, greets the guests at his wedding; the bride Thetis waits inside the house (Sophilos; British Museum, ca. 580 BC) When did people start to exchange dowries? Beginning about as far back as there are any written records, about 3000 BC, people exchanged money as part of a marriage. The [...]

10 08, 2017

History of tobacco – Tobacco as medicine and money

By |2018-05-30T19:19:04-07:00August 10th, 2017|Economy, North America|0 Comments

History of tobacco: Tobacco plants growing Early history of tobacco Tobacco is an American plant. Like other flowering plants, it probably evolved during the Triassic era, about 250 million years ago. Tobacco plants are related to tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and potatoes - and to deadly nightshade. (More about tomatoes) All of these are American plants. [...]

10 08, 2017

Indentured servants – American history

By |2017-08-10T23:09:09-07:00August 10th, 2017|Economy, North America|0 Comments

Indentured servant Nanny Hull, working on Quaintance farm in Kentucky in the 1800s Because most of the people who lived in North America had died during the 1500s AD of smallpox and measles and other diseases brought by European traders, by the 1700s there were not very many people left on the East Coast to work on farms there. So English [...]

9 08, 2017

Basket-making project

By |2018-04-07T17:05:34-07:00August 9th, 2017|Economy, Native American|0 Comments

(University of Washington - cedar root basket) To make your own basket at home, you can buy already prepared reeds at any craft store, or pick long, flexible branches from willow trees, or use strips of construction paper or newspaper about 1/2 inch wide. Or experiment with any weeds! Whatever you choose, unless [...]

8 08, 2017

Three Sisters – corn, beans, and squash

By |2018-04-07T17:05:27-07:00August 8th, 2017|Economy, Food, Native American|0 Comments

Corn, beans, and squash growing together When people in South America began to farm corn and beans and squash, they worked out a system for growing all three plants in the same field that was good for all of the plants and made them grow better than they would have on their own. Women planted the corn first, [...]

8 08, 2017

Cherokee economy – Native Americans

By |2018-04-07T17:05:26-07:00August 8th, 2017|Economy, Native American|0 Comments

Cherokee fishing weir on the Little Tennessee River in Macon County. (Thanks to Ralph Preston) People who lived in the Cherokee nation got their meat from hunting and fishing, and from gathering shellfish, and their corn and beans and squash from farming. Usually men did the hunting and fishing. They built little rock walls in the water - fishing weirs - [...]