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2 10, 2017

Medieval African food – what did people eat?

By |2019-10-14T14:43:21-07:00October 2nd, 2017|Africa|2 Comments

Medieval African food: an olive orchard in Tunisia The Romans grow olive oil in North Africa The foods people ate in Africa didn't just stay the same. Instead, they changed slowly over time. Around 800 BC, with the arrival of Greek and Phoenician invaders, the people of North Africa began to plant olive orchards and produce olive oil. They ate a [...]

2 10, 2017

Who built Great Zimbabwe? Central African history

By |2019-08-22T23:46:16-07:00October 2nd, 2017|Africa|0 Comments

Central Africa in the Middle Ages: Great Zimbabwe Iron comes to Central Africa Besides South Africa, central Africa is the most isolated part of Africa. For many years, the people who lived here saw almost nobody from outside their own area. So it took longer for people in Central Africa to find out about [...]

15 09, 2017

Zoroastrianism – Iran – West Asian religion

By |2019-09-04T05:58:45-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

An Iranian fire sacrifice Zoroaster/Zarathustra himself Around 1000 BC (probably), about the same time that people in India were writing the Rig Veda, a man named Zoroaster (also called Zarathustra) was a priest in a small temple in the eastern part of West Asia, in an area with a lot of small kingdoms and no major power. Zoroaster believed that [...]

7 09, 2017

What is tuberculosis? History of diseases

By |2019-04-03T13:26:04-07:00September 7th, 2017|Science, West Asia|0 Comments

A child with tuberculosis What is tuberculosis? Tuberculosis is a lung disease caused by germs. Today we can usually cure it with antibiotics. But in antiquity there was no cure. Many people died of tuberculosis. What are germs? What do your lungs do? More about diseases When did tuberculosis get going? One kind of tuberculosis seems [...]

23 08, 2017

The end of animal sacrifice – History of religion

By |2018-04-21T12:09:34-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion|0 Comments

Sacrificial procession (Pitsa, ca. 530 BC) People probably began to do animal sacrifice around the time they began farming and keeping domesticated animals, about 10,000 BC. They were certainly sacrificing animals to their gods all over Europe and Asia by 3000 BC. That's when we first have paintings and carvings and written stories about it. For seven thousand years or so, animal sacrifice [...]

14 08, 2017

Ute get horses – American history

By |2017-08-14T09:57:14-07:00August 14th, 2017|History|0 Comments

Utes riding horses in the 1800s AD During the 1500s AD, the Utes had not yet seen any European invaders. They were still living in Utah and Colorado the way they had been living before. In the 1630s, a few Spanish explorers came to Ute territory and so people saw white men for the first [...]

12 08, 2017

Comanche history – Native Americans

By |2019-04-17T21:19:11-07:00August 12th, 2017|History, Native American|0 Comments

Comanche women (1800s) From Shoshone to Comanche Pueblo people captured Spanish horses in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 AD, and they sold some of those horses to the Shoshone, in what is now Wyoming. Who were the Shoshone? Native Americans get horses All our American History articles The Shoshone who had horses split off from the other [...]

12 08, 2017

Californians fight the Missions

By |2018-10-02T07:43:05-07:00August 12th, 2017|History, Native American|0 Comments

Ohlone people crossing San Francisco Bay, with a European wool blanket (Louis Choris, 1816 AD) Native people in California In 1500 AD, California was a popular place to live. About one out of every three people living in what would become the United States lived in California. Early Native Californians More articles about [...]

12 08, 2017

Blackfoot get horses – American history

By |2018-04-08T11:21:53-07:00August 12th, 2017|History, Native American|0 Comments

Blackfoot man with horse Throughout the 1500s and 1600s AD, the Blackfoot continued to live in the same way they had lived before 1500. But the lives of Blackfoot people changed a lot in about 1730 AD, when they got horses from other North American tribes. Once they had horses, they could hunt bison and get their food more easily [...]

2 08, 2017

Huns – Central Asian history

By |2019-09-05T05:29:43-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

A drawing of a plaque made by Huns Who were the Huns? The Huns probably came from western China, where they were known as the Xiong-nu. They were part of the group of Turkic people (some of whom later became the Ottomans) who gradually took over most of Asia and eastern Europe during the Middle Ages. Who were [...]