• Contemporary Social Studies 2010

    Updated: 2012-02-29 19:45:50
    Ning Brought to you by Search Sign Up Sign In Teaching Digital History using documents , images , maps and online tools Main My Page Members Photos Videos Blogs Forum All Discussions My Discussions Add Contemporary Social Studies 2010 Posted by John Lee on December 6, 2010 at 3:03pm in Visual historical inquiry View Discussions Social studies is a big and sometimes unwieldy subject . Given with the massive body of content in the field and differentiation among pedagogical approaches , social studies educators have the space to be creative and expressive . There are certainly some agreed upon aims in social studies . In fact , there is something approaching consensus that social studies should aim to prepare young people for citizenship . But , what that process entails is a point of

  • The oldest rock art in the New World

    Updated: 2012-02-29 16:23:58
    Rock art found in Brazil, which dates back between 10,000-12,000 years, is the oldest such art found in the New World. “It shows that about 11,000 years ago, there was already a very diverse manifestation of rock art in South America, so man probably arrived in the Americas much earlier than normally is accepted,” explained [...]

  • The world’s oldest abstract art

    Updated: 2012-02-29 00:26:11
    A Stone Age pebble, engraved 100,000-years-ago, may be the world’s oldest abstract art. “Upon engraving the piece with a sharp lithic implement, it is likely to have produced a markedly bright and dark red-maroon powder,” Rifkin said. “The design may therefore have been strikingly visible shortly after it was produced.” Ochre is a mineral-rich, naturally [...]

  • Temple wall found in Ur

    Updated: 2012-02-28 21:10:45
    A temple wall which dates back to 2500 B.C. has been found in Iraq at the Sumerian city of Ur. An Italian archeological mission working in Tal Abu Tbeira, Thi-Qar province, unearthed the wall of a temple that dates back to the year 2500 B.C. near the ancient city of Ur, according to the committee [...]

  • 1,000-year-old game board found at Maya site

    Updated: 2012-02-28 18:56:48
    A 1000-year-old game board has been found on the Maya site of Dzibilnocac in Mexico. “It is an esgraffito scoreboard of approximately 50 centimeters (19.68 inches) on each side, which was discovered on the floor of the second highest space” in the building denoted A1, the archaeologist said. Etched into the surface of the board [...]

  • 11th-century medallion found in stomach of baby shark

    Updated: 2012-02-28 17:00:03
    A baby shark caught in Malaysia was found to have an 11th-century medallion in it’s stomach after a housewife was filleting it for lunch. It is believed to be a medallion worn by the Portuguese soldiers, presumably as a divine protection, during their conquests in this part of the world in the 16th century. One side of [...]

  • Preserved 300-million-year-old forest found under coal mine

    Updated: 2012-02-28 02:26:14
    A nearly 300-million-year-old forest has been found underneath a coal mine near Wuda, China. [Thx Mike G!] The study site, located near Wuda, China, is unique as it gives a snapshot of a moment in time. Because volcanic ash covered a large expanse of forest in the course of only a few days, the plants [...]

  • Archaeologist speaks out against Titanic auction

    Updated: 2012-02-28 00:16:29
    Archaeologist Richard Pettigrew is speaking out against the upcoming auction of treasures recovered from the Titanic, the “unsinkable” ship which sunk on April 15th, 1912. “Imagine a crime scene: when police arrive on the scene they section if off to prevent people from disturbing the evidence. Right?” said Pettigrew ,as he sat in his chair [...]

  • BBC piece on Falklands 2012

    Updated: 2012-02-27 21:54:19
    The BBC news website published an article earlier today comparing the Falklands War of 1982 with any potential conflict over the Islands in 2012.

  • Leap Year traditions

    Updated: 2012-02-24 19:51:12
    It only happens every four years: Leap Year. Leap years were introduced over 2,000 years ago with the transition from a Roman calendar to the Julian calendar. Leap years help to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s rotations around the sun. Since a day is added to our calendar this year, 2012 will [...]

  • Shenandoah Civil War Battlefields could be lost to development

    Updated: 2012-02-24 01:44:02
    —————- Website of the Civil War Trust I am writing to you today to ask your support in helping to save two incredible tracts at the Cedar Creek battlefield. In all the years that we’ve been saving Civil War battlefield land in the Shenandoah Valley, I can scarcely think of two more important tracts worth [...]

  • 19th century mummified heads analysed

    Updated: 2012-02-23 03:15:40
    Researchers have examined a collection of Italian 19th century mummifed heads. A mounted human head strikes a brain-teasing pose—just one of eight forgotten but stunningly preserved 19th-century Italian mummies whose secrets of preservation have only recently been unraveled. Working in the town of Salò, anatomist Giovan Battista Rini (1795-1856) “petrified” the corpses and body parts [...]

  • Albania to lease ancient monuments to businesses

    Updated: 2012-02-23 00:10:43
    The government of Albania is set to lease it’s ancient monuments to private businesses due to a lack of funds needed to preserve them. Bace says detailed plans for the use of these monuments will determine which parts of them are suitable for commercial activities and which parts should not be touched. Rich with monuments [...]

  • Mother goddess statue found in India

    Updated: 2012-02-22 21:30:58
    A statue of a seated mother goddess which dates back to the 3rd century B.C. has been found near the Bheemeswara Swamy temple in India. Archaeological Survey of India’s Superintending Archaeologist R. Krishnaiah, told The Hindu that while conducting an exploration around the Bheemeswara Swamy temple to ascertain its origin and antiquity, their Deputy Superintending [...]

  • Viking sword uncovered at Norwegian construction site

    Updated: 2012-02-22 18:17:31
    A well-preserved Viking sword has been uncovered at a Norwegian construction site. NTNU Museum of Natural History and Archaeology archaeologist Anne Haug told NRK, “It’s extremely exciting, the sword has some remnants of wood and fabric, and it is very rare.” It is believed that the swords are in such good condition because they lay [...]

  • Phase two of Khufu solar boat project set to begin

    Updated: 2012-02-22 14:57:11
    Phase two of the Khufu solar boat project, which will restore the second of King Khuhu’s famous solar ships. Ibrahim told Ahram Online that the team would collect samples of the boat’s wooden beams for analysis on Monday in order to draw up accurate plans for the boat’s restoration in a special museum located on [...]

  • Ancient human remains to return to Borneo

    Updated: 2012-02-21 22:50:48
    122 sets of human remains, discovered in a cave in Borneo and taken to the US for study, may find their way back home again soon. According to Sarawak Museum Department director Ipoi Datan, the process of acquiring all 122 skeletons taken from Niah Cave in Miri was done with cooperation from the National Heritage [...]

  • Iron Age stone warriors reassembled

    Updated: 2012-02-21 16:36:33
    Researchers have reassembled a collection of Iron Age life-sized stone warriors from thousands of fragments of stone found on Sardinia. Archaeologists and conservation experts on the Italian island of Sardinia have succeeded in re-assembling literally thousands of fragments of smashed sculpture to recreate a small yet unique army of life-size stone warriors which were originally [...]

  • Jordan’s earliest buildings unearthed

    Updated: 2012-02-21 14:34:11
    Archaeologists working in Jordan have unearthed the huts of hunter-gatherers which date back 20,000 years. Excavations at the site of Kharaneh IV are providing archaeologists with a new perspective on how humans lived 20,000 years ago. Although the area is starkly dry and barren today, during the last Ice Age the deserts of Jordan were [...]

  • 170- Atilla Cometh

    Updated: 2012-02-19 19:52:49
    In the 440s, the Huns began to direclty attack the Roman Empire. 

  • Body of WWII RAF ace found

    Updated: 2012-02-17 16:30:31
    The remains of a WWII RAF ace has been found after being listed as missing in action for 71 years. He was listed as missing in action presumed dead and his status remained that way for seven decades until historian Andy Saunders began researching the case. He discovered FO Allen’s body had been removed from [...]

  • Stone Age “high street” found in Hampshire

    Updated: 2012-02-17 15:33:41
    Archaeologists examining a Stone Age settlement under the Solent, a straight between the English coast and the Isle of Wight, have found evidence of an 8,000-year-old “high street”. “One area they were doing boat building, nearby they were on riverbanks and sand bars collecting reeds or doing a bit of fishing or elsewhere they would [...]

  • Wind farm construction nearly destroys Welsh Neolithic stone rows

    Updated: 2012-02-16 23:32:10
    Construction work on a wind farm in Wales came extremely close to destroying the Neolithic stone row on Betws Mountain. “As it is, the row has been cut in two places by the windfarm access road. “What does concern us is that at no time was anyone asked to carry out a basic survey of [...]

  • Gas pipeline work unearths Roman cemetery

    Updated: 2012-02-16 17:13:23
    Workers repairing a gas pipeline on an island near Tunisia have unearthed a Roman cemetery. An employee from the STEG, who was present when the discovery was made, confirmed that while the staff was digging to repair a gas pipeline they discovered fragments of marble, pottery, clothes, coins, and human bones. The employees did not [...]

  • 17th century Muslim cemetery uncovered during road works

    Updated: 2012-02-15 21:57:11
    A roadwork project in Malta has uncovered a Muslim cemetery which dates back to the 17th century. Two archaeologists were working hard at documenting the findings yesterday afternoon. Remains ran along the chiselled rock at various points, with the occasional bone jutting out. “We’re working along the cross section, cleaning up the debris surrounding the [...]

  • More than 80 animal mummies found at Egyptian site

    Updated: 2012-02-15 17:53:57
    Archaeologists working in Egypt have uncovered a trove of animal mummies, as well as a wooden statue of Hatshepsut, a female pharaoh who ruled 3,500 years ago. Packed tightly into one of the chambers, the team discovered a cache of at least 83 animal mummies, which dates back more than 2,000 years. Most of the [...]

  • Colosseum damaged by heavy snow

    Updated: 2012-02-15 13:49:56
    Heavy snow in Italy has caused damage to Rome’s Colosseum and the medieval town of Urbino. In Rome, fragments have fallen from the Colosseum which remains closed to tourists. The famous Roman amphitheatre, which is at the centre of a busy road junction, is blackened by pollution and has been losing pieces for years. A [...]

  • The history of Valentine’s Day

    Updated: 2012-02-14 23:28:56
    Discovery News has posted an interesting article about the origins of Valentine’s Day. Imagine half-naked men running through the streets, whipping young women with bloodied thongs made from freshly cut goat skins. Although it might sound like some sort of perverted sado-masochistic ritual, this is what the Romans did until 496 A.D. Indeed, mid-February was [...]

  • Are humans responsible for Africa’s lost rainforests?

    Updated: 2012-02-14 19:53:38
    New research indicates that the rise of agriculture in Central Africa may have contributed to the demise of the lust rainforests of the area. About 3000 years ago, Central Africa was a landscape in transition. Lush evergreen forests were gradually giving way to savannas and grasslands as regional climate change pushed the formerly humid weather [...]

  • Researchers receive grant to study illegal antiquities trade

    Updated: 2012-02-14 16:48:03
    Researchers from Glasgow University have received a $1.5 million grant to study the illegal antiquities trade for the next four years. Researchers will spend the next four years gathering and analysing data on the movements and motives of traffickers, the types of activities involved, such as illegal excavation; transit and purchase; and pricing structures. The [...]

  • 169- Huns and Vandals and Goths, Oh My

    Updated: 2012-02-12 19:54:52
    In the 430s the Romans dealt with increasingly agressive and confident barbarian tribes living both inside and outside the traditional borders of the Empire. <div

  • 168- The Rise of Aetius

    Updated: 2012-02-05 20:00:15
    In the late 420s AD, the Roman General Flavius Aetius connived and backstabbed his way up the chain of command. 

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