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9 08, 2017

Early Mandan history – Native Americans

By |2018-04-07T17:05:36-07:00August 9th, 2017|History, Native American|0 Comments

Shawnee state forest in Ohio - where the Mandan were living in 500 AD The Mandan were relatives of the Sioux people. Around 500 AD, they probably lived in the Midwest of North America, in what is now Ohio. Like their Sioux relatives, and like the Mississippians to their south, the Crow to their west and the Shawnee to their east, the Mandan [...]

7 08, 2017

The Iroquois longhouse

By |2019-09-28T15:17:46-07:00August 7th, 2017|Native American|4 Comments

Iroquois longhouse - where Iroquois people lived What is an Iroquois longhouse? Most people who lived in the Iroquois nation lived in longhouses. An Iroquois longhouse is just what it sounds like, a long house, built of thin bendable wood, with branches woven in and out of the joists. Who were the Iroquois? Other [...]

19 07, 2017

Mauryan architecture – India

By |2019-09-16T20:22:29-07:00July 19th, 2017|India|4 Comments

Sanchi stupa, 250 BC When people in India began to follow the Buddhist religion, they needed new kinds of buildings that reflected Buddhist ideas. The earliest Buddhist building in India that we still have today is Sanchi, in central India. About 250 BC, the Mauryan emperor Asoka built a stupa there to keep some relics of the Buddha safe, the same [...]

5 07, 2017

Economy in Archaic Greece

By |2019-01-31T07:07:58-07:00July 5th, 2017|Economy, Greeks|0 Comments

Archaic Greek economy: A black-figure vase showing a blacksmith at work (Athens, about 550 BC) Not much trade in the Dark Ages During the political collapse of the Greek Dark Age (about 1200-1000 BC), many Greek people did not have children, or left for other countries. There weren't so many people living in [...]

27 06, 2017

Early European economy – northern Europe

By |2019-06-02T06:37:42-07:00June 27th, 2017|Economy, Northern Europe|0 Comments

Abrigo del Ciervo, Spain, ca. 6000 BC: Early European economy Hunting and gathering The first people in Europe lived by hunting and gathering; they probably had both dogs and bows and arrows to help them by the time they arrived. Stone Age Northern Europe History of dogs Who invented the bow and arrow? [...]

26 06, 2017

Stone Age buildings of northern Europe

By |2017-06-26T03:14:57-07:00June 26th, 2017|Architecture, Northern Europe|0 Comments

Remains of a wooden temple (Ukraine, ca. 4000 BC) When modern humans first arrived in Europe from Central Asia about 45,000 BC, they weren't building houses yet, and they lived in caves. When they did start to build houses, maybe around 10,000 BC, they built their houses and temples out of wood, like [...]

20 06, 2017

What is charcoal? History of Science

By |2019-03-13T05:31:51-07:00June 20th, 2017|Art, Science|0 Comments

Charcoal history Why use charcoal? Charcoal is a certain kind of half-burnt wood. People use charcoal for fires because it burns hotter and cleaner than wood (less smoky), and more slowly. Your house or workplace stays cleaner. You need charcoal to melt copper and tin ore to make bronze, too. More about combustion [...]

1 06, 2017

What is carbon? Atoms – Chemistry

By |2019-02-28T05:45:37-07:00June 1st, 2017|Biology, Chemistry|0 Comments

Diagram of a carbon atom Where does carbon come from? When a star has changed all of the hydrogen atoms into helium, it begins to convert the helium atoms into carbon atoms and oxygen atoms. All of the carbon in the universe was made inside stars. More about stars What is hydrogen? Science [...]