Summer Reading Recap: Mesopotamia and the Middle East

ISIS has reportedly bulldozed the ancient city of Nimrud.

ISIS has reportedly bulldozed the ancient city of Nimrud.

It’s time to head back to school and if you’re a teacher that means decorating your classroom and finishing up your lesson plans. We’re here to help you out with free resources on ancient Mesopotamia and the Middle East. From math and science to art and literature, these ancient cultures continue to fascinate and enchant.

For a look at how the ancient Mesopotamian and Middle Eastern cultures influence our present and future, check out our blog posts:

MESOPOTAMIA:

THE MIDDLE EAST:

For an overview of ancient Mesopotamia and the Middle East, also visit our partner Ancient History Encyclopedia’s site:

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Recipes for Winter in the Southern Hemisphere

winter magicIn the southern hemisphere, the cold days of winter are slowly giving way to warmer weather. Soon sweaters and scarves will be replaced by bathing suits and sunglasses, but for now, let’s indulge in a few cozy, warming culinary treats. Gather your friends and family, curl up by a warm fire and enjoy these ancient recipes.

Summer Reading Recap: Asia

A kneeling crossbowman from the Terracotta Army assembled for the tomb complex of Qin Shi Huang (r. 221–210 BC)

A kneeling crossbowman from the Terracotta Army assembled for the tomb complex of Qin Shi Huang (r. 221–210 BC)

We’ve reached the end of August and school is nearly back in session. Whether you’re a student, teacher or parent it’s not too late for a refresher on ancient Asian history. We’re bringing you a selection of blog posts and links illustrating the beauty and richness of ancient Asiatic cultures as well as their continuing influence today.

And don’t miss our free curriculum, “Yesterday’s Child: The Tale of Yong and Bao, Learning About the Life and Legacy of China’s First Emperor,” which includes a free children’s book, lesson plan, resources, activities and more! Continue reading

Summer Reading Recap: Greece

Parthenon-2008_entzerrtFor those of you returning to school this September, today we’re bringing you up to speed on ancient Greece. Make sure you’re the first one to raise your hand this year when the teacher says, “Where is the birthplace of Western philosophy?” Continue reading

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Recipes for Summer in the Northern Hemisphere

Dandelion_sunIn the northern hemisphere, summer is quickly coming to an end and we’re all clinging to these last lazy days. Soon all the picnics and barbecues and summer repasts will be just memories. But let’s dally, culinary wise. Here’s a list of ancient recipes for the modern palate that will help you celebrate the warmth and sunshine just a little bit longer. Continue reading

Summer Reading Recap: Rome

colloseumSummer is winding down and kids are heading back to school. There are supplies to organize, bags to pack and school clothes to buy. But you also want to make sure they are ready to reboot from a long summer. We at AntiquityNOW are here to help. For the next two weeks we’re highlighting select cultures with a list of blog posts and links to help your child brush up on the ancient past and its enduring legacy today. Continue reading

Strata: Portraits of Humanity, Episode 10, “In and Near Istanbul” and “The Mountain Wars of Fiji”

StrataImage-webTwo new features in the video news-magazine series Strata:  Portraits of Humanity, produced by AntiquityNOW’s partner, Archaeological Legacy Institute, examine the complex elements of a culture’s past that continue to influence modern times.

“In and near Istanbul” tours the region surrounding Turkey’s Sea of Marmara, including the storied capitol city Istanbul, which is renowned for its visible reminders of antiquity.  This is an archaeological and historical wonderland that draws visitors from all over the world.  “The Mountain Wars of Fiji” relates a horrifying piece of Fijian history. Across the islands of Fiji, hilltop fortresses tell a tale of a warfare and cannibalism going back a thousand years, when the war gods demanded tribute or revenge.  Yet people have been on these islands far longer and things have not always been the same. Continue reading

It’s World Elephant Day!

Elephants holding trunksCelebrate this very remarkable and very ancient denizen of the wild with AntiquityNOW. Go to the links below to see how you can help save this species in peril. Continue reading

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Enjoy Another Ancient Grain With Einkorn Flour Pancakes

EinkornToday we’re bringing you yet another healthy and delicious ancient grain. We’ve already covered quinoa and amaranth, and now it’s time for the lesser known, but no less fantastic, einkorn. “What in the world is einkorn?” you wonder. Well, leave it to AN to bring you the history and a tasty recipe so you can learn to love another recipe with a past.

Einkorn is actually a type of wheat that was one of the first plants to be domesticated and cultivated. The earliest of evidence of its domestication dates all the way back to between 8,650 BCE and 7,950 BCE and was found at two archaeological sites in Turkey.[1] The ancients really knew what they were doing when they began eating and then growing the grain. It has a lower gluten content than modern wheat and is dense with nutrition. Continue reading

It’s Hot, Hot, Hot! Ancient Methods of Keeping It Cool

summer sunIt’s August, and that means the summer days are dwindling. Yet the soaring temperatures, hazy skies and dripping clothing tell another story. Summer still has us in its grip. Yes, it’s really sweltering out there. And if there’s one thing we modern folks love during these dog days of summer, it’s our air conditioning. Continue reading