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West Asian numbers – Ancient Mesopotamia

By |2018-04-15T00:37:53+00:00September 16th, 2017|Science, West Asia|

Neolithic counting tokens The earliest way of writing down numbers was to carve notches in tally sticks, and this method spread from Africa all over Europe and Asia. But by about 9000 BC, people in West Asia began to use a different method of counting. Instead of tally sticks, people made clay tokens in different shapes. The shapes meant different [...]

West Asian art history – Mesopotamia and Iran

By |2018-04-25T23:22:22+00:00September 11th, 2017|Art, West Asia|

Building D, Gobekli Tepe. Southern Turkey, about 9000 BC West Asian art goes back to the earliest presence of people in West Asia, in the form of little stone or clay fertility figurines. Around 9000 BC, they were carving stone at the temple of Gobekli Tepe. They didn't carve human figures (we don't know why not). But they [...]

Stone Age Italy – the history of Italy

By |2018-09-04T07:43:05+00:00September 3rd, 2017|History|

Stone Age rock art from Val Camonica, in northern Italy. Neanderthals in Italy By around 200,000 years ago, there were a few early humans living in Italy. We know about them from their flint axes, and from one of their villages that has been excavated west of Rome at Torrimpietra. These were not modern humans, though, but [...]

Neolithic Greece – the Late Stone Age

By |2018-04-23T07:23:54+00:00July 8th, 2017|Greeks, History|

Neolithic Greece: Sheep grazing under an olive tree Farming and herding By around 7000 BC there started to be more people in Greece. It became harder and harder to get all the food you needed just by gathering and hunting. So people began to farm. Farming was more work (and not as much [...]

Greek pottery in the stone age

By |2018-04-22T11:11:33+00:00July 5th, 2017|Art, Greeks|

Stone Age Greek pottery: Rainbow Ware, ca. 6500 BC Rainbow ware Around the time that people in Greece settled down in houses and villages, and began planting their own crops and herding animals, they also began to produce pottery. They learned how to make pottery from their neighbors in West Asia.  This Neolithic period [...]

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 [...]