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22 06, 2017

When did people start to eat honey?

By |2018-09-03T11:03:14-07:00June 22nd, 2017|Africa, Food|0 Comments

Early history of honey: A chimpanzee smashing a beehive to get honey When did bees start to make honey? Bees first began to make honey about 200 million years ago, long before there were any people. So the history of honey goes back a long, long way! Why do bees make honey? When [...]

19 06, 2017

What is schistosomiasis? Ancient Egypt

By |2017-06-19T01:40:59-07:00June 19th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Science|0 Comments

Fishing in the swamps on the edges of the Nile River from the tomb of the astronomer Nakht Sixth Dynasty (New Kingdom, ca. 1400 BC) Because pretty much all the people in Ancient Egypt lived right on the banks of the Nile River, many of them caught a river parasite which causes a [...]

19 06, 2017

Numbers in ancient Egypt

By |2018-04-19T14:07:12-07:00June 19th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Math|0 Comments

How to write 103,367 in Egyptian numbers How to write Egyptian numbers By about 3000 BC, the ancient Egyptians had ways to write down numbers. They made one vertical line for one, two vertical lines for two, and so on up to nine. This is the same as earlier African number systems using [...]

19 06, 2017

Doctors and medicine in ancient Egypt

By |2019-09-13T06:43:27-07:00June 19th, 2017|Egypt|20 Comments

Ancient Egyptian medicine: Egyptian boys being circumcised, from the tomb of the Vizier Ankhmahor and his wife Mereruka Sixth Dynasty (Old Kingdom, ca. 2300 BC) Best doctors in the Western world Throughout all of antiquity, from the Stone Age to the Islamic period, the doctors of Egypt were the best in the Western [...]

19 06, 2017

Ancient Egyptian science – Pyramids and papyrus

By |2019-07-07T00:13:49-07:00June 19th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Science|0 Comments

Ancient Egyptian science: Nilometer on Elephantine Island (Nile Valley Tours) Scientists in ancient Egypt Egypt was the richest part of Africa. So Egyptians could afford to educate a lot of people. With all that education, there were a lot of scientists in ancient Egypt. These Egyptian scientists were especially interested in medicine, engineering, [...]

19 06, 2017

Weighing souls in ancient Egypt

By |2018-04-21T12:09:41-07:00June 19th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Religion|0 Comments

Anubis weighing the souls of the dead The Egyptians were among the first people to believe that if you were good during your life, you would have a good time after you died. But if you were bad while you were alive, you would go to a bad place after you died where [...]

19 06, 2017

Who was the Egyptian god Thoth?

By |2018-05-30T19:52:53-07:00June 19th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Religion|0 Comments

The Egyptian god Thoth (Old Kingdom tomb) What was Thoth the god of? Thoth was the Egyptian god of the mind - of intelligence, thinking, reason, and logic. He was originally a moon god. Thoth as part of the god Ra Egyptians often thought of Thoth as the heart and tongue of the [...]

19 06, 2017

Egyptian god Set- Religion in Ancient Egypt

By |2019-09-16T05:35:09-07:00June 19th, 2017|Egypt|4 Comments

The Egyptian god Set (Oriental Institute Museum) New Kingdom, ca. 1500 BC) The Egyptian god Set was the brother of Isis and Osiris, and like them he was the son of the sky goddess Nut and the earth god Geb. Set is the dark side of his brother and sister - Isis makes [...]