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10 09, 2017

Late Bronze Age timeline: 2000 – 1000 BC

By |2017-09-10T17:55:52-07:00September 10th, 2017|Central Asia, History|0 Comments

Earliest known spoked wheels, from a grave in western Siberia When about 2000 BC the Central Asians invented better wheels with spokes, so you could fight from your chariot, a new wave of Indo-Europeans moved from Central Asia west to Greece, and Italy, or south into Egypt and Iran, and from Iran about 1500 BC to India. Some of [...]

10 09, 2017

Central and South American religion

By |2019-03-08T21:30:13-07:00September 10th, 2017|Central America, Religion, South America|0 Comments

Maya Corn King on a plate Polytheism in the Americas The people who lived in South and Central America before 1500 were polytheistic - they believed in many different gods. Because they lived pretty near one another, and ate many of the same foods, some of their gods were pretty much the same. What is [...]

9 09, 2017

Who were the Olmec? Central American history

By |2019-03-27T06:05:27-07:00September 9th, 2017|Central America, History|6 Comments

Olmec clay statue ca. 1100-500 BC - Olmec history Why are the Olmec important? The earliest state government in North or South America was the Olmec. They formed their state about 1200 BC. Paleo-Indians Valdivia people All our Central America articles Were the Olmecs the first state? This is about the time of the Mycenaean kingdoms in Greece, [...]

8 09, 2017

Central and South American food

By |2018-04-19T15:03:08-07:00September 8th, 2017|Central America, Food, South America|0 Comments

Aztec men sharing a meal When people first came to Central and South America, perhaps about 15,000 BC, they hunted and gathered all of their food. They picked wild potatoes, wild teosinte (the ancestor of corn), wild beans and wild tomatoes and avocados. They hunted rabbits and llamas and turkeys, and fished in the rivers and the ocean. For fun, they probably fermented teosinte and other plants into [...]

8 09, 2017

South American and Central American architecture

By |2018-04-12T08:53:21-07:00September 8th, 2017|Architecture, Central America, South America|0 Comments

Olmec Pyramid, La Venta, Mexico (500 BC) The earliest big buildings from South America are in Ecuador and Peru, along the Pacific coast. The Norte Chico people and the Valdivia people built stone temples there as early as 3500 BC. Later on, people also built stone buildings in Central America (modern Mexico). Olmec people built them about 1150 [...]

8 09, 2017

What is rubber? History of rubber

By |2019-07-15T22:24:17-07:00September 8th, 2017|Science, South America|0 Comments

A big rubber tree in Mexico Olmec people, living in southern Mexico, invented rubber about 1600 BC. It was just as they were beginning to build their empire. Rubber starts out as the sap of a Central American tree - the rubber tree. You tap the tree or cut it down for the sap. Then you mix the sap [...]

8 08, 2017

Archaic North America – Native Americans

By |2019-01-31T05:59:23-07:00August 8th, 2017|History, Native American|0 Comments

Archaic North America - the glaciers melted with the end of the Ice Age When did the Archaic period begin? After the Paleo-Indian period,  came the Archaic period. The Archaic started about 8000 BC. (That's ten thousand years ago.) During the Early Archaic period, the Ice Age ended. The great glaciers that covered the northern part of [...]

23 06, 2017

History of turkeys – Where do turkeys come from?

By |2019-09-15T07:10:20-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Central America|4 Comments

History of turkeys: Wild turkeys When did turkeys evolve? Turkeys evolved from earlier birds. The ancestors of the turkey evolved about 100 million years ago, from the dinosaurs that were alive at that time. More about dinosaurs When did birds evolve? Native American environment All our Native articles Are turkeys related to chickens? [...]

23 06, 2017

Where do sunflowers come from? North America

By |2018-06-01T10:58:55-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Food, Native American|0 Comments

Wild sunflowers or Black-Eyed Susan flowers Where do sunflowers grow wild? Sunflowers grew wild all over North America. From the Paleo-Indian time on, many different groups of people picked sunflowers and ate the little seeds. Where do sunflower seeds come from? Sunflower seeds grow in the middle of the flower, packed tightly together. They are [...]