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9 09, 2017

Who were the Chavin? South American history

By |2019-03-20T21:43:54-07:00September 9th, 2017|South America|0 Comments

Chavin stone carving From Norte Chico to Chavin By around 900 BC, the Norte Chico people of northern Peru developed into the Chavin culture. Like the earlier Norte Chico people, the Chavin people used irrigation to farm potatoes, tomatoes, peanuts, and hot chili peppers. Who were the Norte Chico people? What about Valdivia further north? History of potatoes All our South America [...]

19 07, 2017

Mauryan architecture – India

By |2019-09-16T20:22:29-07:00July 19th, 2017|India|4 Comments

Sanchi stupa, 250 BC When people in India began to follow the Buddhist religion, they needed new kinds of buildings that reflected Buddhist ideas. The earliest Buddhist building in India that we still have today is Sanchi, in central India. About 250 BC, the Mauryan emperor Asoka built a stupa there to keep some relics of the Buddha safe, the same [...]

19 07, 2017

Indian architecture – Ancient India

By |2019-09-12T16:04:04-07:00July 19th, 2017|Architecture, India|0 Comments

Early Indian architecture: Rock-cut temples at Ajanta, India The Stone Age and the Bronze Age The earliest buildings anyone knows of from India are from Mehrgahr, from about 7000 BC. But the first real stone architecture dates to about 2500 BC, in the Harappan period in northern India (modern Pakistan). Harappan architecture More about Mehrgahr And the Harappans [...]

19 07, 2017

Guptan temples – Indian architecture

By |2019-07-30T12:07:20-07:00July 19th, 2017|Architecture, India|0 Comments

Guptan temples: Tigawa temple, 350 AD The first free-standing stone temples When the Mauryan empire collapsed, about 200 BC, for more than five hundred years Indian leaders were too busy fighting wars against each other to build any big buildings. But around 350 AD some victorious leaders formed a new empire, the Guptan Empire. Once there was peace, people began [...]

8 06, 2017

Old World Cotton History – India, Africa, Asia, Europe

By |2019-04-27T06:12:40-07:00June 8th, 2017|Clothing, India|0 Comments

India cotton bolls hanging from the plants India cotton farming About 2500 BC, a thousand years after people started to grow cotton in Peru, the Harappan people in India also started to grow cotton. Cotton in the Americas Who were the Harappans? All our India articles We know because people wrote about cotton [...]

4 06, 2017

Three Kingdoms Architecture – China

By |2019-01-13T11:06:21-07:00June 4th, 2017|Architecture, China|0 Comments

Three Kingdoms architecture: Mogao Caves (366 AD and later) First Buddhist temples in China Beginning in 366 AD, people in China built the earliest Buddhist temples in China. These first Buddhist temples at Mogao were carved into caves in the side of cliffs, like the earlier Buddhist temples at Ajanta in India. What temples at [...]

25 05, 2017

What is fresco painting? History of Art

By |2019-06-16T17:07:09-07:00May 25th, 2017|Art, History|0 Comments

Fresco painting from Thera, Greece (about 1600 BC) Why are they called frescos? Fresco is the Italian word for "fresh", and that's because painters do fresco painting on fresh, wet plaster walls. What is plaster? Egyptian painting All our ancient Egypt articles Why paint on wet plaster? That way the colors really sink in [...]