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

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

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 [...]

Roman houses – Ancient Rome

By |2018-12-04T13:02:33+00:00August 27th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

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, one or [...]

Slavery in medieval India – History of India

By |2017-12-06T21:45:42+00:00July 20th, 2017|India, People|

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 [...]

Stone Age Greek architecture

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

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 [...]

What is straw? History of straw

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

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 [...]

Shang Dynasty Architecture – Early China

By |2018-10-26T07:34:32+00:00June 5th, 2017|Architecture, China|

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 [...]

Ancient Chinese houses – Early China

By |2018-10-18T08:44:24+00:00June 4th, 2017|Architecture, China|

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 [...]