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10 09, 2017

Ancient history timeline: 10,000-4000 BC – the Stone Age

By |2018-04-19T15:03:06-07:00September 10th, 2017|History, West Asia, When|3 Comments

Ancient history timeline: Building at Gobekli Tepe in what is now  Turkey (ca. 9000 BC) Beginning of farming Around 10,000 BC, with the end of the last major Ice Age, people all over the world - not everyone, but a lot of people - began to shift from fishing and hunting and gathering to farming as their main way of getting food. Farming [...]

27 08, 2017

Roman houses – Ancient Rome

By |2019-09-15T06:59:39-07:00August 27th, 2017|Romans|5 Comments

Roman houses: A model of a typical house (from Egypt) Living in one room Most people in the Roman Empire lived with their whole family in one room of a sort of small apartment house. These were built, like many cheap apartment houses in the United States today, around two or three sides of a courtyard, [...]

20 07, 2017

Slavery in medieval India

By |2019-09-16T05:36:45-07:00July 20th, 2017|India|4 Comments

Dancing woman from Mohenjo Daro, in what is now Pakistan Slavery in ancient India There were probably always slaves in India, but until about 1000 AD there were only a few people who were enslaved, and most of them worked as house servants or entertainers. Islam brings more slavery to India But when Islamic conquerors reached India, they forced many [...]

1 07, 2017

Stone Age Greek architecture

By |2018-04-09T16:00:06-07:00July 1st, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|0 Comments

Before the New Stone Age, people had lived in caves, but around 6000 BC people living in Greece began to build houses for themselves instead. At first they built small houses out of wattle and daub: sticks woven together and plastered over with mud. The roofs were thatched with grass and they left a hole [...]

12 06, 2017

What is straw? History of straw

By |2018-10-04T06:25:57-07:00June 12th, 2017|Crafts, Economy|0 Comments

History of Straw: loose straw in a pile What is straw made of? Straw is the dried stalks of tall grasses like wheat, millet or barley. After people harvested the seeds of these grasses for food, they used the straw for everything from shoes to mattresses to baskets. More about wheat Where does [...]

7 06, 2017

Water and sewage in ancient China

By |2018-04-18T18:18:11-07:00June 7th, 2017|China, Science|0 Comments

Han Dynasty model of an outhouse (ca. 100 AD) People in China, like other people around the world, used human poop to fertilize their fields and grow more food. In this picture, you can see a system where when you wanted to go to the bathroom you climbed up the stairs to this [...]

5 06, 2017

Shang Dynasty Architecture – Early China

By |2019-09-16T05:37:08-07:00June 5th, 2017|China|4 Comments

Remains of the Shang Dynasty palace at Erlitou The beginning of Chinese architecture Even as early as the Shang Dynasty, about 1500 BC, the buildings we know about look like later Chinese buildings - anyone would know they were from China, not from West Asia or Africa. More about the Shang Dynasty All [...]

4 06, 2017

Ancient Chinese houses – Early China

By |2019-09-13T06:43:33-07:00June 4th, 2017|China|20 Comments

Ancient Chinese houses: Outside a typical Chinese house How much house could you afford? There were really two kinds of houses in ancient China. There were poor people's houses (which is most of them). And there were rich people's houses (there were not very many of these). Rich and poor in ancient China [...]

25 05, 2017

History of clay – History of Art

By |2019-09-16T20:53:08-07:00May 25th, 2017|Art|3 Comments

History of clay: Clay on a potter's wheel What is clay? Clay is very fine particles of dirt which float in a stream or river and then sink to the bottom, where they press on each other and stick together. Clay, sand, and loam What is erosion? History of pottery All our Stone [...]