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American science after colonization

By |2018-04-08T11:21:58-07:00September 28th, 2017|Americas, Native American, North America, Science|

European trade goods (thanks to Nebraska Game and Parks Division) North American people made rapid scientific advances in the course of the 1500s AD, inspired by contacts with traders and explorers from Europe. People learned how to tame horses and ride them, and they learned how to use guns. They also began to use a [...]

West Asian sewage – Mesopotamia and Iran

By |2017-09-16T12:48:38-07:00September 16th, 2017|Science, West Asia|

A sewer from ancient Urartu (800s BC, now in eastern Turkey) As early as 800 BC, people in West Asia were digging ditches that led from their houses through the city streets to rivers to carry away their waste and drain off stormwater that flooded the streets when it rained (There were much earlier sewage drains in Harappan [...]

What is Dysentery? – History of diarrhea

By |2019-05-19T07:14:33-07:00September 6th, 2017|Greeks, Science|

History of Dysentery: Dysentery came from germs in your drinking water. Here people are washing clothes in the river (India) What is dysentery? Dysentery means having trouble with your insides - your intestines. You might say you had a tummy-ache. It usually means that you have very serious diarrhea. What germs cause dysentery? [...]

Roman sewers – ancient Roman toilets, poop, pipes

By |2018-10-12T09:15:07-07:00September 5th, 2017|Romans, Science|

A Roman latrine, feeding into the Roman sewers. Why did the Romans build aqueducts and sewers? In larger Roman towns, people often got sick or died from drinking water that had sewage in it. Sewage is human waste - poop or pee. When people drink water with poop in it, they can get other people's germs. They [...]

Roman science – What did ancient Romans invent?

By |2019-05-23T07:11:06-07:00September 4th, 2017|Romans, Science|

Roman mold-blown glass (100s AD) West Asian/African science under Roman rule What we call Roman science is a mixture of two different things. The first is the discoveries and inventions made by scientists working in parts of West Asia and Africa that the Romans had conquered. Earlier West Asian science Science in ancient [...]

Roman aqueducts – Pont du Gard, Segovia, and more

By |2019-01-14T10:02:30-07:00August 25th, 2017|Architecture, Romans, Science|

Aqueduct in the city of Rome - Roman aqueducts brought clean water to the people of Rome Why did the Romans build aqueducts? As Roman towns got bigger under the Roman Republic, it got too hard for the people who lived in the towns to get clean drinking and washing water. Roman sewers The [...]

Ancient Greek sewage

By |2018-05-01T09:57:51-07:00July 18th, 2017|Economy, Greeks|

Ancient Greek sewage: A child's high chair/potty seat (Athens, ca. 580 BC) Chamber pots and latrines Most Greek towns had no sewage system, and just latrines for bathrooms. According to Aristophanes, a lot of men just went in the street, wherever they happened to be. Women and girls usually went inside, using a chamber pot, [...]