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Land Carvings Attest to Amazon’s Lost World - NYTimes.com
"The deforestation that has stripped the Amazon since the 1970s has also exposed a long-hidden secret lurking underneath thick rain forest: flawlessly designed geometric shapes spanning hundreds of yards in diameter…

Instead of being pristine forests, barely inhabited by people, parts of the Amazon may have been home for centuries to large populations numbering well into the thousands and living in dozens of towns connected by road networks, explains the American writer Charles C. Mann. In fact, according to Mr. Mann, the British explorer Percy Fawcett vanished on his 1925 quest to find the lost “City of Z” in the Xingu, one area with such urban settlements."
charlesmann  artifacts  geoglyphs  2012  ancientcivilization  amazon  brasil  brazil 
january 2012 by robertogreco
BBC Dimensions: Aztec Human Sacrifice
"It's estimated that 20,000 humans were sacrificed by the Aztecs every year.
How does this compare to the number of people you know?"
aztec  ancientcivilization  classideas  howmanyreally?  comparison  numbers 
september 2011 by robertogreco
BBC Dimensions: Democracy of Classical Athens
"Athens is cited as the birthplace of democracy yet only a fraction of its people were allowed to vote.<br />
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How many of your friends would have been able to vote?"
athens  greece  comparison  classideas  ancientcivilization  ancientgreece  howmanyreally? 
september 2011 by robertogreco
Inca Paradox: Maybe the pre-Columbian civilization did have writing. - By Mark Adams - Slate Magazine
"But what if the khipus don't fit neatly into the precise criteria established for true writing? It's possible, says Wisconsin's Salomon, that khipus were actually examples of semasiography, a system of representative symbols—such as numerals or musical notation—that conveys information but isn't tied to the speech sounds of a single language, in this instance Quechua. (By contrast, logographic languages such as Chinese and Japanese are phonetic as well as character-based.) The Incas conquered a huge number of neighboring peoples in a short time span, between 1438 and 1532; each of these groups had its own language or dialect, and the Incas wanted to integrate those new territories into their hyperefficient organizational network quickly. "It makes sense that they'd use a system that could transcend languages," Salomon says."
language  linguistics  history  writing  quechua  inca  ancientcivilization  communication  khipus  semasiography  knots  2011  perú 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Did Columbus cause The Little Ice Age?
"I'm slowly working my way through Charles Mann's 1493 and there are interesting tidbits on almost every page. One of my favorite bits of the book so far is a possible explanation of the Little Ice Age that I hadn't heard before put forth by William Ruddiman.

"As human communities grow, Ruddiman pointed out, they open more land for farms and cut down more trees for fuel and shelter. In Europe and Asia, forests were cut down with the ax. In the Americas before [Columbus], the primary tool was fire. For weeks on end, smoke from Indian bonfires shrouded Florida, California, and the Great Plains."

Burning like this happened all over the pre-Columbian Americas, from present-day New England to Mexico to the Amazon basin to Argentina. Then the Europeans came…"
1493  newworld  civilization  ancientcivilization  history  classideas  books  toread  climatechange  anthropocene  weather  climate  geo/us  2011  kottke  williamruddiman  charlesmann  precolumbian  postcolumbian 
july 2011 by robertogreco
BBC News - Egyptian pyramids found by infra-red satellite images
"Seventeen lost pyramids are among the buildings identified in a new satellite survey of Egypt."
imagery  satellite  technology  architecture  history  ancientcivilization  ancientegypt  classideas 
may 2011 by robertogreco
Borderland › Making Fire
"Anyway, this little classroom moment may be of interest. The focus for 6th-grade Social Studies is ancient civilizations. We study Egypt, the Fertile Crescent in Mesopotamia, Greece & Rome. But, because I am slow, we never really get very far into Rome before I run into summer break. & Rome is pretty interesting. Besides that, the kids don’t really learn much about ancient civs slogging through the textbook on a chronological forced march. So, I decided that this year I’d try something new, & study the topic conceptually. I think that it might be interesting to study civilization itself, as in government, culture, economy, technology, etc. & use the relevant ancient civilizations as examples of the general concept."<br />
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And: "The problem of authority in education, & society in general, is an issue we need to pay attention to. I’ve been reading a lot about anarchism, & I think there may be some useful lessons to be drawn between that history & education reform. More to come."
dougnoon  teaching  ancientcivilization  projectbasedlearning  textbooks  conceptualunderstanding  conceptualthinking  anarchy  reading  bloging  endgame  derekjansen  blogging  reform  education  learning  deschooling  unschooling  history  society  anarchism  pbl 
november 2010 by robertogreco
A Walk Through the Ancient World
"When the first immersive 3D games came out, I asked a programmer if he knew of anyone who had used that technology to create a Virtual Ancient Rome or Ancient Athens. I loved the idea of walking around in a place whose current face was changed out of all recognition from its golden age. He shook his head. Creating virtual worlds was way too time consuming and required too much specialist knowledge and so was too expensive. A virtual Rome wouldn't create the profit that Doom did.

Fast forward a decade and the programming necessary becomes easier to do and the number of people who know how to do it have increased substantially. The costs involved in creating a virtual world have decreased at the same time that academic and scholarly institutions have become much more willing to invest in it.

Now that it's quite a bit easier to find a virtual ancient city to stroll through, I thought I would survey a few options and provide you with a short virtual atlas of the ancient world."
ancient  ancientrome  classics  archaeology  middleages  history  ancientgreece  3d  virtual  tcsnmy  classideas  ancientcivilization  ancienthistory  ancienchina  china  rome  athens  mexico  ancientmexico 
july 2010 by robertogreco
World of Jesus « Snarkmarket
"Let me tell you some­thing: I think that if a game com­pany were to make it, and do it well, “World of Jesus” would be a smash hit. If you wanted to get your War­craft on, you could play as a cen­tu­rion and slash-and-hack Per­sian armies and cru­cify dis­si­dents. Or you could be a Jew­ish rebel fight­ing to over­throw the Romans. Maybe you’re a female dis­ci­ple, fight­ing to retain women’s lead­er­ship roles after Christ’s death. Or you’re a reg­u­lar per­son: a tax col­lec­tor, a fish­er­man, a falafel mer­chant. An online RPG that doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily have to be about how many peo­ple you can kill."
history  mmog  snarkmarket  robinsloan  worldofjesus  games  gaming  timcarmody  annabelscheme  religion  ancientcivilization  jerusalem 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Main Page
"The Ancient and Modern Sourcebooks have a different role: since there are already ample online repositories of texts for these periods, the goal here is to provide and organize texts for use in classroom situations. Links to the larger online collections are provided for those who want to explore further. The distinctive feature of the Sourcebooks' layout remains here - the avoidance of images and multiple "clicking" to find texts."
archaeology  ancienthistory  research  reference  literature  rome  mesopotamia  primarysources  ancient  mythology  greek  education  culture  history  books  resources  religion  philosophy  greece  egypt  classics  worldhistory  tcsnmy  ancientcivilization  socialstudies  classresources 
november 2009 by robertogreco
uwnews.org | Computers unlock more secrets of the mysterious Indus Valley script | University of Washington News and Information
"The team led by a University of Washington researcher has used computers to extract patterns in ancient Indus symbols. The study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows distinct patterns in the symbols' placement in sequences and creates a statistical model for the unknown language."
language  linguistics  ai  ancienthistory  ancientcivilization  indusvalley 
august 2009 by robertogreco
Sacrificial virgins of the Mississippi | Salon Books
"Archaeologists are slowly unearthing the ghastly secrets of Cahokia, an ancient city under the American heartland"
archaeology  cahokia  us  history  ancientcivilization  cities  anthropology  civilization  culture 
august 2009 by robertogreco
Learning Ancient History for Free | Open Culture
"For lifelong learners, courses on Ancient Greece and Rome always remain in steady demand. While these courses are poorly represented in undergraduate programs (at least in the States), they seem to make a comeback in continuing education programs designed for older students. Eventually, it seems, many come to the conclusion that you can’t skip over the foundations and still make sense of it all. And so they go back to basics."
ancientcivilization  tcsnmy  education  teaching  history  elearning  free 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Rory Carroll: Could climate change and economic collapse consign us to the same fate as the Mayans? | Environment | The Guardian
"In common with the Maya, we're not very rational in how we think about how the world works. They had their rituals and sacrifices. Magic, in other words. And we also believe in magic: that money and innovation can get us out of the inherent limits of our system, that the old rules don't apply to us."
maya  ancientcivilization  ancients  collapse  crisis  economics  money  finance  us  growth  climate  politics  ecology  future  history  tcsnmy  classideas  civilization  environment  nature  food  via:blackbeltjones 
november 2008 by robertogreco
BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iraq's damaged Babylon hopes for revival
"Beneath a patch of stony, desert ground on the River Euphrates, surrounded by date palms, many of the secrets of the cradle of civilisation are still waiting to be uncovered." more here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/7729443.stm
archaeology  culture  art  history  tcsnmy  ancient  ancientcivilization  anthropology  mesopotamia  babylon  via:cburell 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Google Earth's ancient Roman holiday | Latest Digital Media News - CNET News
"Google Earth is extending its satellite perspective to paint a picture of what the ancient city of Rome looked like nearly two millennia ago.
googleearth  tcsnmy  ancientcivilization  ancienthistory  ancients  rome 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Decoding The Heavens | Jo Marchant | Home
" In 1900 a group of sponge divers blown off course in the Mediterranean discovered an Ancient Greek shipwreck dating from around 70 BC. Lying unnoticed for months amongst their hard-won haul was what appeared to be a formless lump of corroded rock. It turned out to be the most stunning scientific artefact we have from antiquity. For more than a century this 'Antikythera mechanism' puzzled academics. It was ancient clockwork, unmatched in complexity for 1000 years - but who could have made it, and what was it for? Now, more than 2000 years after the device was lost at sea, scientists have pieced together its intricate workings and revealed its secrets."
technology  computing  via:preoccupations  antikytheramechanism  tcsnmy  ancientcivilization  ancientgreece  ancienthistory  ancients  archaeology  astronomy 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Wikijunior:Ancient Civilizations - Wikibooks, collection of open-content textbooks
"The target age of this title is 8-12 years old. Section titles will include major groups of people or substantial empires in ancient times. The print version will focus only on answering a specific series of questions about selected civilizations. There will be an introduction and a basic discussion of archaeology.
ancienthistory  ancientcivilization  curriculum  socialstudies  tcsnmy  classideas  reference  textbooks  encyclopedia  history 
september 2008 by robertogreco
Amazon hides an ancient urban landscape - earth - 29 August 2008 - New Scientist Environment
"For the past few decades archaeologists have been uncovering urban remains that date back to the 13th century – long before European settlers had sailed across the Atlantic and discovered the "New World".
amazon  precolumbian  history  archaeology  science  environment  forests  brasil  anthropology  ancientcivilization  brazil 
september 2008 by robertogreco
Science News / Honey Of A Discovery
"Excavations in northern Israel at a huge earthen mound called Tel Rehov revealed the Iron Age settlement. From 2005 to 2007, workers at Tel Rehov uncovered the oldest known remnants of human-made beehives, excavation director Amihai Mazar and colleagues report in the September Antiquity. No evidence of beekeeping has emerged at any other archaeological sites in the Middle East or surrounding regions."
beekeeping  science  history  bees  biology  culture  ancientcivilization  ironage 
september 2008 by robertogreco
MacroHistory : World History
"I describe humanity from its beginning to the 21st century - a gigantic subject that requires help from people who have done good works. I've drawn from those who have devoted their professional lives to a deeper and more narrow focus of study. The purpose is to address any query concerning a major development that could at some point have been answered by time, as in "time will tell." In other words the purpose is to illuminate historical trends, to describe the works of monarchs, tyrants and priests, the promises of prophets and politicians and the expectations of revolutionaries and military strategists. The best I can offer in my narratives is bits and pieces in a sketched order - in place of that which encyclopedias offer in fragmentation."
tcsnmy  history  ancienthistory  ancientcivilization  socialstudies  classresources  culture  greece  egypt  rome  archaeology  vikings  images  timelines  worldhistory  reference  geography  world  maps 
august 2008 by robertogreco
World History by History Link 101
"The cultures of Africa, Aztec, China, Egypt, Greece, Mayan, Mesopotamia, Rome, Olmec, Prehistory, Middle Ages and World War II are divided into categories of Art, Biographies, Daily Life, Maps, Pictures and Research and more."
tcsnmy  history  ancienthistory  ancientcivilization  socialstudies  classresources  culture  greece  egypt  rome  archaeology  images 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Images from History: An image archive to support the teaching and study of world history
"Images from World History is a collection of digitalized photographs and maps to support the teaching of history at the upper secondary school and university level.
tcsnmy  history  ancienthistory  ancientcivilization  socialstudies  classresources  culture  greece  egypt  rome  archaeology  images 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Maps of War
"Who has controlled the Middle East over the course of history? Pretty much everyone. Egyptians, Turks, Jews, Romans, Arabs, Greeks, Persians, Europeans...the list goes on. Who will control the Middle East today? That is a much bigger question."
animation  reference  timelines  time  geography  history  infographics  mapping  maps  multimedia  teaching  politics  education  visualization  video  graphics  war  ancientcivilization  ancienthistory  middleeast 
september 2006 by robertogreco

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