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What is Nowruz? Zoroastrians – West Asian holidays

By |2018-04-25T23:58:29+00:00September 15th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Persepolis may have been built in the 500s BC as a place to celebrate Nowruz. Zoroastrianism became much more popular suddenly when the Persian kings became Zoroastrians around 550 BC. Soon after that, Zoroastrian worshippers began to celebrate the first day of spring as an important holiday. That was the first day of their New Year. Nowruz is [...]

Roman food – rich and poor

By |2018-04-25T09:05:47+00:00September 1st, 2017|Food, Romans|

Roti bread made with millet Romans ate a lot of fish Although the first people who came to the Mediterranean were probably following along the coast, and ate mainly fish, shellfish, seaweed, and wild figs, by the time the Roman Republic got started, there were far too many people in the Mediterranean to be able to live entirely from [...]

Dreidel project – Hanukkah games

By |2018-04-09T23:07:29+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

A Hanukkah dreidel Since the 1700s AD, people have often celebrated Hanukkah by playing the dreidel game. The first thing you need to play the dreidel game is a dreidel. It's better to buy a dreidel (DRAY-dell) because if you make your own it's very difficult to get it to play fair: it's always going to land [...]

Japanese food history

By |2017-07-27T11:45:32+00:00July 27th, 2017|Food, Japan|

Japanese sushi The very earliest people who lived in Japan, starting about 40,000 years ago, lived mainly on fish caught from the sea, though they sometimes hunted local deer or other animals for their meat and they collected plenty of nuts and pears, too, and ate lots of seaweed with their fish. They picked sudachi fruit (like limes) and squeezed [...]

Paleolithic Greece – the first people

By |2017-07-09T00:17:43+00:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, History|

Outside Franchthi Cave The first people came to Greece not long after leaving Africa, about 55,000 BC. They probably came along the coast of the Eastern Mediterranean, through what is now Israel and Lebanon. They almost certainly knew how to paddle small boats along the coast. When they got to Greece, these people [...]

Why are chestnuts a famine food?

By |2017-06-21T00:30:52+00:00June 21st, 2017|Food|

Chestnuts Chestnut trees are related to oak trees, and like oak trees they probably evolved early, around 66 million years ago, around the end of the Cretaceous period, just before the dinosaurs died off. Wild chestnut trees grew in the eastern half of North America and all across Europe and northern Asia. (Horse [...]

Gathering wild foods – History of Food

By |2018-04-19T10:29:26+00:00June 12th, 2017|Economy|

Gathering food: A Roman painting of figs in a basket Gathering means collecting plants that grow wild for food. Early humans gathered all of their food from the land around them. At first, when all people were still in Africa, they mostly gathered figs, just as chimpanzees do. Then they added shellfish - [...]