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20 07, 2017

Coins of ancient India

By |2019-09-18T06:38:21-07:00July 20th, 2017|India|2 Comments

Harappan seal ca. 2000 BC - before there were coins in India Clay seals in India About 2500 BC, people in northern India started to use seals to mark their possessions. That was not long after their neighbors in West Asia first started to use seals, and Indian people probably got the idea from West Asians. More about seals [...]

20 07, 2017

Early Indian economy

By |2019-09-15T07:37:27-07:00July 20th, 2017|India|23 Comments

Ancient India trade: Indian herbal medicines What did most people do for work? Most people in ancient India were farmers. That's the same as in other parts of Asia and Europe at this time. In India, farmers mainly grew wheat and rice. They grew cotton for cloth. They grew opium for medicine too. More about opium History of wheat Where did rice come [...]

6 07, 2017

Ancient Greek coins from Thebes

By |2018-04-22T12:26:11-07:00July 6th, 2017|Economy, Greeks|0 Comments

Coins from ancient Thebes Each Greek city-state minted their own kind of coin. For the coins of Athens and Corinth, click here. These two coins from Thebes show the kind of shield that Thebans carried in battle, and on the other side one has a trident and a fish, for Poseidon, and the [...]

5 07, 2017

Economy in Archaic Greece

By |2019-01-31T07:07:58-07:00July 5th, 2017|Economy, Greeks|0 Comments

Archaic Greek economy: A black-figure vase showing a blacksmith at work (Athens, about 550 BC) Not much trade in the Dark Ages During the political collapse of the Greek Dark Age (about 1200-1000 BC), many Greek people did not have children, or left for other countries. There weren't so many people living in [...]

12 06, 2017

What’s a numismatist? The history of coins

By |2018-04-19T11:17:51-07:00June 12th, 2017|Economy|0 Comments

Numismatists study coins like this Roman silver coin from the 200s AD A numismatist is a person who studies coins, to find out when they were made, and where, and by whom. A White Hun coin Numismatists can tell what kind of metal a coin is made of. They can use [...]

12 06, 2017

Who invented money? History of money

By |2018-04-15T16:33:44-07:00June 12th, 2017|Economy|3 Comments

History of money: A Lydian gold coin What is money? Money is an agreement between people. It is an agreement that this much of something will be worth this much bread, and this much cheese, and this many slaves. But it's convenient to be able to move money around between people, so even in [...]

12 06, 2017

Ancient Economy – Simple economic history

By |2018-04-19T11:10:59-07:00June 12th, 2017|Economy|0 Comments

Ancient economy: a bone sickle - the flint teeth are missing now Trade or self-sufficiency? Even today experts don't really understand how economics works. Historians also disagree about how economics worked in antiquity and in the middle ages. Some historians think that long ago most people were self-sufficient. They ate and wore mostly [...]

10 06, 2017

Making Greek coins – Ancient Greece project

By |2019-07-24T21:21:17-07:00June 10th, 2017|Crafts, Economy, Greeks|0 Comments

Greek coins project: Athenian coins, made by 6th graders at Laurelhurst School, Portland How minters made Greek coins Each Greek city made its own silver coins. The cities they made their coins to look different from each other. That way you could know right away which city the coins were from, and whether [...]

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, [...]