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Native American architecture

By |2018-04-08T11:23:09-07:00August 7th, 2017|Architecture, Native American|

Replica of Cherokee winter house What kind of house you lived in depended a lot on where you lived, and how you lived. Many people were nomadic, travelling around with their dogs following the buffalo they hunted on the Great Plains. These people lived mainly in tipis, which were very large tents made of long wooden poles covered [...]

Medieval houses – Europe

By |2017-07-31T05:36:17-07:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Colleta di Castelbianco, Italy Houses in the Middle Ages were different from Roman houses in several ways. One important change was that more people lived in small villages for safety, instead of in farmhouses on their own land. Another change was that more people used fireplaces and chimneys to heat their houses and to cook [...]

Stone Age Japan – Japanese history

By |2018-04-23T15:31:47-07:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|

Jomon carving of a killer whale, ca. 3000 BC The first people in Japan People probably first reached Japan from two directions around the same time. Some people came north from Southeast Asia or Australia, in boats along the coast. These people were descended from the first people who left Africa about 70,000 BC, and [...]

Vedic architecture in India

By |2017-07-19T17:15:33-07:00July 19th, 2017|Architecture, India|

A barrel-vaulted thatched house in rural India today. After the collapse of the Harappan civilization about 2000 BC, for hundreds of years there were no more cities in India. Instead, people lived in small villages with wooden palisade fences around them. The fences kept their sheep in, and wild animals out. People's houses were different too. They built one-room cottages [...]

Neolithic Greece – the Late Stone Age

By |2018-04-23T07:23:54-07:00July 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 [...]

Stone Age Greek architecture

By |2018-04-09T16:00:06-07:00July 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 [...]

Bronze Age buildings of northern Europe

By |2019-02-24T11:54:16-07:00June 26th, 2017|Architecture, Northern Europe|

Bronze Age architecture: Reconstruction of lake house (Pfahlbau Museum Unteruhldingen on Lake Constance, Germany, ca. 3000 BC) Bigger and better houses in the Bronze Age As the people of Europe began to have more contact with West Asia and North Africa in the Bronze Age, about 3000 BC, they started to build more [...]

The history of oats: Where do oats come from?

By |2018-06-28T13:29:27-07:00June 22nd, 2017|Food, West Asia|

History of oats: Oats growing in a field What is the history of oats? Like wheat and barley and millet, oats grow wild all around West Asia. Probably early gatherers picked oats and ate them. But when people first started farming wheat and barley, about 12,000 BC, they didn't like oats as much. [...]

What is straw? History of straw

By |2018-10-04T06:25:57-07:00June 12th, 2017|Crafts, Economy|

History of Straw: loose straw in a pile What is straw made of? Straw is the dried stalks of tall grasses like wheat, millet or barley. After people harvested the seeds of these grasses for food, they used the straw for everything from shoes to mattresses to baskets. More about wheat Where does [...]

Shang Dynasty Architecture – Early China

By |2018-10-26T07:34:32-07:00June 5th, 2017|Architecture, China|

Remains of the Shang Dynasty palace at Erlitou The beginning of Chinese architecture Even as early as the Shang Dynasty, about 1500 BC, the buildings we know about look like later Chinese buildings - anyone would know they were from China, not from West Asia or Africa. More about the Shang Dynasty All [...]