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History of iron and blacksmithing – from iron to steel

By |2018-04-07T17:04:34+00:00September 7th, 2017|Science, West Asia|

History of iron: a Greek black-figure vase showing a blacksmith at work (Athens, about 550 BC) Why do people use iron? The history of iron doesn't start until much later than bronze. Iron is harder to form into metal than copper or bronze, because it needs a much hotter fire and a more complicated process. But if [...]

Where did figs come from? History of figs

By |2018-01-03T23:44:12+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Africa, Food|

Some raw figs Wild fig trees first grew in Africa and West Asia and South Asia and around the Mediterranean Sea beginning probably about a hundred million years ago, in the time of the dinosaurs. Many primates eat figs, and people have been eating wild figs since there first were people. People loved [...]

Healthy refried beans – Food history project

By |2017-12-05T15:48:46+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Central America, Food|

Tacos with refried beans inside (thanks to Taco Bell) You've probably already eaten refried beans lots of times, but if you haven't, why not start now by having a taco with refried beans in it for lunch or dinner? Mexican restaurants There are lots of Mexican restaurants all over the United States where [...]

How to make pie crust – Food history projects

By |2018-04-19T15:42:19+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Food, North America|

A boughten pie crust You can make a pie crust to go with your sweet potato pie or any other pie you make. All pies pretty much use the same recipe for the crust. For a basic pie crust, you'll need a cup of flour and a third of a cup of butter. [...]

How to make Peruvian peanut stew

By |2018-04-19T15:03:05+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Food, South America|

Clay model of Moche people eating To eat what Chavin or Moche or Nazca people might have eaten, try making this delicious Peruvian stew. It's filling and vegan! Fill a large saucepan about half full of water. Peel six potatoes and cut them into bite-size pieces, and put them in the water to [...]

Easy lentil soup recipe – Cooking up History

By |2017-06-22T01:46:02+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Food, West Asia|

Ethiopian food Three suggestions for projects with lentils: 1) Go to an Indian or Ethiopian restaurant and try something with lentils in it. 2) Make lentil soup at home. Here's a recipe: In a large saucepan, put a few spoonsful of olive oil. Chop an onion and two stalks of celery and two [...]

How to make barley soup – Food project

By |2017-06-21T02:34:32+00:00June 21st, 2017|Food, West Asia|

Barley soup (thanks to Wikipedia) You can eat like a medieval peasant by making your own barley soup at home. Start by peeling a carrot, a turnip, a parsnip, and an onion. Chop them up into bite-size pieces. Also chop one stalk of celery and two cloves of garlic. In a large pot, [...]

Were there slaves in Ancient Egypt?

By |2018-04-19T13:22:52+00:00June 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt|

Egyptian slavery: an Egyptian man beating a slave while another begs for mercy Where did Egyptian slaves come from? Just like in other parts of Africa, some people in Ancient Egypt were slaves. Some of them came originally from Egypt. Many poor families sold children into slavery. Judges also sentenced criminals to slavery. [...]

Cooking the ancient world – History project

By |2018-04-18T23:48:27+00:00June 11th, 2017|Food|

Chinese food Try cooking some food in the style of different places and times. Then your class or your family can eat it! These are some ancient cultures you might want to try: Ancient African Food Ancient Egyptian Food Ancient Mesopotamian Food Central Asian Food Ancient Chinese Food Native American Food Latin American [...]