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16 07, 2017

What is animal sacrifice? History of religion

By |2018-04-23T13:51:56-07:00July 16th, 2017|Religion|5 Comments

Animal sacrifice: a sacrificial procession (Pitsa, ca. 530 BC) Sacrificing an animal In English, when we say "sacrifice", we mean that you have given up something you wanted in order to get something else, like you sacrificed your best piece of candy in order to get your friend to tell you his secret. In [...]

6 07, 2017

Hellenistic economy – ancient Greece

By |2018-04-22T12:28:03-07:00July 6th, 2017|Economy, Greeks|0 Comments

Hellenistic economy: a sculpture of a woman selling vegetables at the market Mercenary soldiers After the Peloponnesian War was over in 404 BC, everyone in Greece was poorer than before, and many men who had been soldiers were out of work. So a lot of those men went to be mercenary soldiers for [...]

23 06, 2017

History of Tea – Ancient China

By |2018-04-20T00:09:43-07:00June 23rd, 2017|China, Food|0 Comments

Harvesting tea in China Wild tea bushes grew in southern China, where people first began in the Stone Age to make tea by drying tea leaves and then steeping them in hot water. By about 2000 BC, even before they were farming wheat, people in southern China were growing tea bushes on farms. [...]

23 06, 2017

Rice history: Where does rice come from? South-east Asia

By |2019-09-15T07:00:51-07:00June 23rd, 2017|China|5 Comments

Rice history: A bowl of brown rice What is rice? Rice is a kind of grain, or grass, like wheat, millet, or barley, that provides carbohydrates to people who eat its seeds. In south-east Asia, rice grows wild like other grasses. (More about the evolution of grasses) Rice farming: 6000 BC - first China, [...]

22 06, 2017

Where do peaches come from? China

By |2019-03-28T05:30:27-07:00June 22nd, 2017|China|0 Comments

Peaches growing on a peach tree Where do peaches come from? China was the first home of peaches. Peaches are related to almonds and apples, but apples and almonds grew further west, and peaches grew further east. History of almonds More about apples Food in ancient China All our China articles When did [...]

22 06, 2017

Making tea – Food history projects

By |2017-06-22T02:33:19-07:00June 22nd, 2017|China, Food|0 Comments

A cup of tea (thanks to For the simplest tea project, make yourself a cup of black tea and drink it, just to see what it tastes like. You can just boil a little water and pour it into a cup and put in a teabag. Let it cool a little and [...]

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

Astronomy in Ancient China

By |2019-09-09T10:24:30-07:00June 7th, 2017|China, Science|4 Comments

Chinese astronomy: A Chinese star chart possibly dating from the 600s AD, during the T'ang Dynasty The Chinese zodiac Chinese scholars began by thinking of the stars, the sun, and the moon as gods. Like the scientists of Mesopotamia, they thought they could use the movements of the stars to predict the future. [...]

7 06, 2017

What is the I Ching? Ancient Chinese religion

By |2019-09-06T06:03:24-07:00June 7th, 2017|China, Religion|0 Comments

Zhou Dynasty swimmers (Sichuan bronze vessel, ca. 750 BC) from around the time of the I Ching How old is the I Ching? Nobody knows for sure who wrote the I Ching, or when. But most scholars think somebody wrote this book around 800 BC, during the last years of the Western Zhou [...]