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16 09, 2017

West Asian mathematics – history of math

By |2019-09-04T05:49:16-07:00September 16th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

History of math: Sumerian multiplication table (2700 BC) Cuneiform multiplication table Once people in West Asia figured out how to write down numbers, about 3500 BC, they quickly began to want to use cuneiform to write down other mathematical ideas. (Read more about the invention of numbers) The earliest example of this that we have is from about 2700 BC. It [...]

11 09, 2017

What is a ziggurat? Mesopotamian architecture

By |2019-09-05T06:00:38-07:00September 11th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Remains of the ziggurat at Warka, in Iraq, 3000 BC (before it was reconstructed) Like the Egyptians at the same time, Bronze Age Sumerians and Iranians around 3000-2500 BC devoted a lot of energy to building big buildings. But unlike the Pyramids, which are tombs for dead Pharaohs, the Sumerian and Iranian ziggurats (ZIG-oo-rats) are temples for their gods. Ziggurats were [...]

10 09, 2017

Bronze Age timeline: 4000-2000 BC

By |2019-02-24T07:17:10-07:00September 10th, 2017|Central Asia, History|0 Comments

A Bronze Age clay pot with a drawing of a wheeled cart from what is now Poland, about 3500 BC Cities, kings and empires Around 4000 BC, there were enough people in West Asia, Egypt, China, and Peru for them to live in small cities (about 10,000-50,000 people). These places began to choose kings to govern them. Then they formed the [...]

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 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 [...]

7 08, 2017

European science in the 1800s

By |2019-09-17T11:37:45-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe|2 Comments

European boys at school in the 1800s More schools and more scientists In the first half of the 1800s AD, countries in northern Europe like France and Britain forced other countries to give them food. European armies conquered India, Ghana, Nigeria, Canada, and other places. Europe made those places poorer while Europe got richer. Enlightenment science Colonization and empire African-American [...]

18 07, 2017

Who was Thales of Miletus? Greek Astronomy

By |2018-04-23T14:20:25-07:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks, Science|0 Comments

Thales of Miletus might have watched plays in this theater at Miletus (before it had stone seats) Biography of Thales Thales was born in what's now Turkey, in the city of Miletus, about 630 BC, during the Archaic period. At that time, Miletus was a city where people spoke Greek, though it may have paid taxes or [...]

15 06, 2017

Old Kingdom Egypt – Ancient Egypt

By |2019-05-12T16:04:11-07:00June 15th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, History|1 Comment

Old Kingdom Egypt: Narmer Palette (about 3100 BC) Egypt becomes one country When Egypt first became one unified country around 3000 BC under a Pharaoh from Upper Egypt (the south), the Pharaohs quickly came to have a great deal of power over their subjects. (Technically they were not called Pharaohs yet though.) Egypt [...]

13 06, 2017

Pyramids at Giza – Ancient Egypt

By |2019-09-14T06:37:08-07:00June 13th, 2017|Egypt|9 Comments

Egyptian pyramids - the Step Pyramid at Giza What are the Pyramids? Like the Sumerians at the same time, the Egyptians around 3000-2500 BC devoted a lot of energy to building big buildings. The Egyptian Pyramids at Giza are one of the most impressive monuments of the ancient world, and you can still visit [...]

13 06, 2017

Pyramids and houses – Ancient Egyptian architecture

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

Pyramids at Giza, Egypt People tend to think that Egyptian building styles stayed the same for the whole period of Ancient Egypt, from the beginning of the Old Kingdom to the end of the New Kingdom two thousand years later, but that's not true. The Egyptians built different kinds of buildings at different [...]