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14 09, 2017

West Asia in the Stone Age

By |2019-09-05T05:38:31-07:00September 14th, 2017|West Asia|1 Comment

Stone Age West Asia: A building at Gobekli Tepe (ca. 9000 BC) Stone Age West Asia By around 10,000 BC, people in West Asia were beginning to settle down in one place instead of traveling around, even though they were still hunting and gathering and fishing. What is gathering?  Probably this was because the end of the Ice Age was [...]

9 09, 2017

Who were the Moche? South American history

By |2019-03-01T10:20:41-07:00September 9th, 2017|History, South America|0 Comments

Moche portrait of a blind man, 400-500 AD (thanks to Oberlin College) The collapse of the Chavin state in Peru, about 250 BC, seems to have opened the way for the Moche and the Nazca to develop states of their own. The Moche started up around 100 AD along the Pacific coast of South America, in what is now northern Peru. The [...]

31 07, 2017

Medieval houses – Europe

By |2019-09-03T09:13:07-07:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments

Colleta di Castelbianco, Italy Medieval European houses Houses in the Middle Ages were different from Roman houses in several ways. One important change was that more people lived in small villages for safety, instead of in farmhouses on their own land. Roman houses Northern European houses History of houses Medieval architecture All our medieval Europe [...]

20 07, 2017

Mehrgahr – Stone Age India

By |2019-09-17T11:00:35-07:00July 20th, 2017|India|2 Comments

Clay figurines from Mehrgahr First people in India The first people reached India from Africa around 40,000 BC. There were probably still Neanderthals and Denisovans further north, but not in India. At first Indian people probably got most of their food from fishing and gathering shellfish, like other people around the world at this time. People leave Africa Early [...]

19 07, 2017

Vedic architecture in India

By |2017-07-19T17:15:33-07:00July 19th, 2017|Architecture, India|0 Comments

A barrel-vaulted thatched house in rural India today. After the collapse of the Harappan civilization about 2000 BC, for hundreds of years there were no more cities in India. Instead, people lived in small villages with wooden palisade fences around them. The fences kept their sheep in, and wild animals out. People's houses were different too. They built one-room cottages [...]

13 06, 2017

Egyptian houses – Ancient Egypt

By |2018-04-09T23:55:19-07:00June 13th, 2017|Africa, Architecture, Egypt|0 Comments

A model of an Egyptian house found in a tomb from the First Intermediate Period (about 2100 BC) Most Egyptian people lived in small houses like this one. The house was built out of mudbrick, with wooden beams holding up the flat mud roof. Our word "adobe" for mudbrick comes from the ancient [...]