• Contemporary Social Studies 2010

    Updated: 2012-12-31 21:17:50
    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

  • Apocalypse tourists damage Mayan pyramid

    Updated: 2012-12-31 04:59:04
    The crowds of tourists who flocked to Tikal in Guatemala to embrace the end of the world as not-really predicted by the Maya on December 21st, 2012, were as careless as they were ignorant. Tikal is the largest extant Mayan urban center and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The temples are too fragile to support [...]

  • “End of the World” party damages Maya site

    Updated: 2012-12-28 21:43:05
    Partiers celebrating the “end of the world” have damaged a temple at the Maya site of Tikal in Guatemala. “Sadly, many tourists climbed Temple II and caused damage,” said Osvaldo Gomez, a technical adviser at the site, which is located some 550 kilometers (340 miles) north of Guatemala City. “We are fine with the celebration, [...]

  • Roman arts centre found beneath Piazza Venezia in Rome

    Updated: 2012-12-28 18:33:18
    An arts centre built by Roman emperor Hadrian in 123 A.D. has been found beneath the Piazza Venezia in Rome. Archaeologists who have completed the excavation of a 900-seat arts centre under one of Rome’s busiest roundabouts are calling it the most important Roman discovery in 80 years. The centre, built by the emperor Hadrian [...]

  • 2,750-year-old pottery and figurines found near Jerusalem

    Updated: 2012-12-28 15:23:43
    A cache of ancient pottery and figurines have been found in a temple structure at Tel Motza, just west of Jerusalem. The assemblage includes ritual pottery vessels, with fragments of chalices (bowls on a high base which were used in sacred rituals), decorated ritual pedestals, and a number of pottery figurines of two kinds: the [...]

  • 1,200-year-old Zapotec tomb found in Mecixo

    Updated: 2012-12-27 21:19:17
    A 1,200-year-old Zapotec tomb has been found at the site of Atzompa in Oaxaca. The discovery in the southern state of Oaxaca was made during work to preserve the remains of what the experts believe was a home inhabited between A.D. 750-900, the National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH, said in a statement. [...]

  • Mining plans threaten earliest human settlements in the Amazon

    Updated: 2012-12-27 18:13:40
    An iron ore mining operation is threatening the Amazonian caves of Carajàs, which contain some of the earliest human settlements in the Amazon. Almost anywhere else, these caves would be preserved as an invaluable source of knowledge into prehistoric human history. But not in this remote corner of the Amazon, where Vale, the Brazilian mining [...]

  • The oldest water wells un Europe

    Updated: 2012-12-27 15:15:02
    Archeologists in Germany have uncovered four water wells which date back 7,000 years. The four wells, which reach seven metres into the earth and were likely used to provide a small settlement with fresh water, did not match up with what historians believed man was capable of at that time. The discovery seemed to suggest [...]

  • Construction unearths Roman settlement in England

    Updated: 2012-12-26 21:59:10
    Construction work in southwest England has uncovered a 2,000-year-old Roman settlement.   Demolition work began in October to clear the route ready for the road linking Torbay and Newton Abbot. The quantity and the quality of the finds suggested the people who lived there would have been part of the local ruling elite who were [...]

  • 2,000-year-old hospital found in Sri Lanka

    Updated: 2012-12-26 18:56:59
    A hospital which dates back 2,000 years has been found in the ancient city of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. Archaeological researchers of Sri Lanka have discovered the ruins of an ancient hospital, believed to be about 2,000 years old, in Anuradhapura, the historic capital city of North Central Province. The ruins of the ancient hospital [...]

  • Early hominids ate tropical grasses and sedges

    Updated: 2012-12-20 20:07:10
    A new study has revealed that early hominids who lived 3.5 million years ago had a diet that mainly consisted of tropical grasses and sedges. Professor Lee-Thorp, a specialist in isotopic analyses of fossil tooth enamel, from the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, said: “We found evidence suggesting that early hominins, [...]

  • King Richard III’s medieval inn digitally recreated

    Updated: 2012-12-20 16:00:06
    Archaeologists have digitally recreated the medieval inn where King Richard III slept the night before he was killed in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. The site is wreathed in local legends. One says the inn was originally called The White Boar, which was Richard’s emblem. The landlord heard the news from the battlefield that [...]

  • King Ramesses III was murdered

    Updated: 2012-12-19 21:36:42
    A forensic analysis carried out on the mummy of King Ramesses III has revealed that the pharaoh had his throat slit. The first CT scans to examine the king’s mummy reveal a cut to the neck deep enough to be fatal. The secret has been hidden for centuries by the bandages covering the mummy’s throat [...]

  • Prehistoric humans cared for the sick and disabled

    Updated: 2012-12-19 18:24:37
    New archaeological evidence has been found in Vietnam that suggests prehistoric people cares for the sick and disabled. The case that led Lorna Tilley and Marc Oxenham of Australian National University in Canberra to this idea is that of a profoundly ill young man who lived 4,000 years ago in what is now northern Vietnam [...]

  • Mesolithic camp site found in Yorkshire

    Updated: 2012-12-19 15:19:30
    More than 450 flint fragments, dating back 7,000 years, may suggest the existence of a Mesolithic campsite in Yorkshire, England. In the autumn more than 450 flint fragments were discovered, some of which are tools about 7,000 years old. Many are burnt, indicating the presence of camp fires or hearths. Archaeologists say it is very [...]

  • WWII code found earlier this year has been cracked

    Updated: 2012-12-18 21:39:13
    Remember earlier this year the remains of a pigeon was wound with a coded message from WWII? Well, that message has finally been cracked. “Artillery observer at ‘K’ Sector, Normandy. Requested headquarters supplement report. Panzer attack – blitz. West Artillery Observer Tracking Attack. Lt Knows extra guns are here. Know where local dispatch station is. [...]

  • Desparate Sons by Les Standiford

    Updated: 2012-12-18 20:37:58
    I’m reading a review copy of Les Standiford’s excellent Desparate Sons, a very well researched historical narrative featuring the people and events leading up to the American Revolution.   In Desparate Sons most of the action takes place between 1765 and … Continue reading →

  • A note about commenting at Blog4History.com

    Updated: 2012-12-18 20:36:51
    Blog4history really appreciates the many thoughtful comments we get.   Unfortunately spammy junk comments are overwhelming enough that it’s hard to approve some of the good comments in a timely fashion, so PLEASE don’t think we are censoring your thoughts … Continue reading →

  • Temple dedicated to Poseidon found in Bulgaria

    Updated: 2012-12-18 18:14:20
    Archaeologists working in Sozopol, Bulgaria, have uncovered a large, well-preserved altar dedicated to the Greek god Poseidon. He said that the numerous pieces of marble found during excavations indicate that after the declaration of Christianity as the official religion of the Roman empire in 330 CE, the emperor’s order to destroy the temples of other [...]

  • Armour-clad remains found in Japan

    Updated: 2012-12-18 15:08:23
    The skeleton of a man who died in the early 6th century A.D. has been found in a layer of volcanic ash in Japan at the Kanai Higashiura ruins. The Kanai Higashiura ruins are around nine kilometers northeast of Futatsudake. The skeleton, intact save the back of the skull and the pelvis, was found in [...]

  • Roman mosaic floor unearthed in Greece

    Updated: 2012-12-17 21:44:42
    Roman mosaics, making up part of the floor of a typical triclinium, has been found just outside of Didymoteicho in northeastern Greece. The leader of the excavations, archaeologist Matthaios Koutsoumanis, describes the findings as: “both (creatures) are seated on a dolphin, and one of them is holding a scarf over the head like a ‘peplos’. [...]

  • Who perpetrated the Piltdown Man hoax?

    Updated: 2012-12-17 18:35:06
    Next weeks marks the 100th anniversary of the “discovery” of Piltdown Man, the missing link. It turns out it was all a cleverly executed hoax, and now researchers are trying to identify who perpetrated it. There are many suspects but the favourite is Charles Dawson, who was a solicitor and amateur fossil hunter. He ‘found’ [...]

  • Collection of cauldrons found in England

    Updated: 2012-12-17 15:24:55
    Thirteen cauldrons, the largest group of early cauldrons ever found in Europe, have been unearthed in Chiseldon, England. “Analysis of the interiors of the cauldrons has even revealed traces of animal fats, a tantalizing suggestion that these objects might have been used in cooking and serving meat-rich stews at Iron-Age feasts over 2,000 ago,” Julia [...]

  • Cheese-making dates back 7,500 years

    Updated: 2012-12-14 21:11:52
    An examination of ceramic fragments found in Poland has revealed traces of milk fats, suggesting that cheese was being made 7,500 years ago. Peter Bogucki, an archaeologist at Princeton University in New Jersey, was in the 1980s among the first to suspect that cheese-making might have been afoot in Europe as early as 5,500 bc. [...]

  • Roman and prehistoric settlement found in northern Italy

    Updated: 2012-12-14 18:06:21
    Researchers from the University of Kentucky have found a Roman settlement in northern Italy, and evidence of a prehistoric site beneath it. Many years ago, archaeologist and art historian Paolo Visonà, a native of northern Italy and adjunct associate professor of art history in the UK School of Art and Visual Studies at the UK [...]

  • Section of Roman road uncovered beneath York Minster

    Updated: 2012-12-14 15:01:53
    Construction work has revealed a section of Roman road beneath York Minster, England. Ian Milsted, lead archaeologist at the trust, said: “It’s a huge privilege to be revealing pieces of the past in such an iconic building, all of it contributing to our picture of life in ancient York.” He added the street, probably part [...]

  • Ancient basilica unearthed in Bulgaria

    Updated: 2012-12-13 21:38:15
    Archaeologists working in Bulgaria have found an ancient Basilica that dates back to the reign of Constantine the Great (306-337 A.D.). The basilica is 27 metres wide and about 100m long, according to Yana Borissova-Katsarova, head of research at the site. It featured multi-coloured mosaics. Further exploration of the find will be difficult because of [...]

  • Ancient Rome’s first harbour found

    Updated: 2012-12-13 18:31:45
    A study of sedimentary cores have led archaeologists to the location of Rome’s first harbour, located northwest of the city of Ostia on the Tiber river. According to ancient texts, Ostia was founded by Ancus Marcius, the 4th king of Rome. This new settlement is supposed to have aimed three goals: to give Rome an [...]

  • Using 3D printing to fix ancient artifacts

    Updated: 2012-12-13 15:24:36
    Researchers at Harvard University’s Semitic Museum are using 3D printers to recreate a ceramic lion that was destroyed 3,000 years ago by the Assyrians during an attack on the Mesopotamian city of Nuzi. [Thx to Bryan for the link!] Using a process called photomodeling, the Harvard team photographed sculpture fragments in the museum’s collection from [...]

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