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6 09, 2017

Ancient and medieval science

By |2018-04-25T10:30:30-07:00September 6th, 2017|History, Science|0 Comments

Chinese star chart possibly dating from the 600s AD, during the T'ang Dynasty Science means "knowing" in Latin. It is the process of learning things about the world. People have always wanted to learn more about their world, and they have tried a lot of different ways to find things out. Some of the ways they tried [...]

16 08, 2017

Challenges and disabilities in the ancient world

By |2019-05-13T08:57:23-07:00August 16th, 2017|Medieval, Romans, Science|0 Comments

(Bosch, the Ship of Fools) - medieval disabilities Were a lot of people disabled in the past? In the ancient and medieval worlds, many more people were physically and mentally challenged than there are in the United States, or practically anywhere, today. There were no operations to fix club feet, or cleft palates, [...]

29 06, 2017

Who were the Norse gods?

By |2017-06-29T02:10:43-07:00June 29th, 2017|Northern Europe, Religion|0 Comments

A Viking religious sacrifice (ca. 900 AD, Sweden) From their first appearance in historical literature around 100 BC, the Germans were polytheistic. They believed in many gods, just like the Greeks and the Romans and the Persians and the Indians and other Indo-European people. In fact, the most important German gods are closely [...]

27 06, 2017

Hildebrandsleid – a tragic story

By |2019-08-14T10:10:59-07:00June 27th, 2017|Literature, Northern Europe|0 Comments

Pictish battle (Aberlemno, Scotland, ca. 700 AD) (not really the Hildebrandsleid) Who wrote this story? The story of Hildebrand is one of the earliest stories written in German. Nobody knows who wrote this story or exactly when, but we think somebody must have written this version about 700 AD. Early Middle Ages Medieval [...]

14 06, 2017

Ancient Egyptian Food – Eating and drinking in ancient Egypt

By |2019-09-10T06:44:40-07:00June 14th, 2017|Egypt|24 Comments

Ancient Egyptian food: Actual bread from Egypt's New Kingdom (Vatican Museum, Rome) Ancient Egyptian food: from both Africa and West Asia Because Egypt is in Africa, but very close to West Asia, what people ate in ancient Egypt was midway between African and West Asian food. Wheat, barley, and olive oil all originally came [...]

12 06, 2017

The Silk Road and Afro-Eurasian trade

By |2019-09-11T06:36:29-07:00June 12th, 2017|Economy, Medieval|0 Comments

Silk Road trade: Chinese coin of the Han Empress Kuo Empires and the Silk Road Starting in the 500s BC, governments started to come together into empires. Travel got safer. Traders could travel long distances without running into wars. Empires timeline Who were the Sogdians? The rise of the Silk Road All our [...]

9 06, 2017

How to make a compass – China Activities

By |2019-04-21T15:23:29-07:00June 9th, 2017|China, Crafts, Science|0 Comments

Early Chinese compass (reconstruction) - a compass project Who invented the compass? Chinese scientists invented the first compasses, around the 200s AD, near the end of the Han Dynasty. Science in ancient China The Han Dynasty All our China articles These early Chinese compasses were very simple arrangements of an iron needle and a [...]

9 06, 2017

How to make Chinese coins – Ancient China project

By |2018-04-18T09:54:00-07:00June 9th, 2017|China, Crafts, Economy|0 Comments

Replica Chinese coins, made by kids at Laurelhurst School, Portland Oregon People in China began to use cowrie shells for money about 1800 BC. But by about 400 BC, they were using bronze coins. Nobody knows whether moneyers in China thought of this idea on their own, or got the idea from West Asia, [...]

7 06, 2017

Science in ancient and medieval China

By |2018-05-28T00:10:52-07:00June 7th, 2017|China, Science|0 Comments

Chinese science: a double-action piston box bellows (China) What are some Chinese inventions? Chinese scientists started inventing a lot of new things around 500 BC, during the Warring States period. That might be because of the formation of the first empires and the rise of the Silk Road. (More about the Silk Road) [...]