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1812History.com "From 1812 to 1815, the inhabitants of what was to become Canada fought side by side with the British forces and their First Nation allies to defend their lands against the Americans. The battles were waged on land and sea on both sides of the border. The impact of the War was felt by all. This website is dedicated to make the surviving records and artefacts from this time period available to everyone. There is much to discover about the War of 1812 era." This Canadian Heritage site has over 1,000 archaeological artifacts (buttons, musket balls, knives, pieces of uniforms, etc - real battlefield archaeology), original letters and other documents, period battle art, much more. Talk about Primary Sources!

 

A World of Myths - Mythology from Around the World "Welcome to aworldofmyths.com - a collection of articles devoted to the Gods of the ancient world and the adventures of its greatest heroes." Bios of Greek, Roman, and Norse gods and myths associated with these cultures. Includes quite a bit of art and some videos. Interesting fonts, too. A good resource. From Viktor Andonov, who also gave us World of Tales which is in our Literacy > Children's Literature section.

 

Canadian Flag Ancient area of eLibrary, Comox Valley School district 71. The site is organized in such a way that Ancient China comes up. Along the top of the page are links to 10 other ancient or middle ages countries or continents. Tons of great and well organized links!

 

Map of ancient Anatolia Ancient Anatolia and modern Turkey occupy the same space on Earth. Here's a reference map of the ancient cities, kingdoms, and archaeological sites inside the area, inside the borders of modern Turkey. Learn more about the many peoples and complicated ancient history of this region at Wikipedia and Pinterest.

 

 

Shang bronze - Wikipedia Ancient China from the British Museum. Similar in layout to their Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia sites. Learn China's geography, its ageless traditions in arts and crafts, its 4,000 year old Shang Dynasty, the evolution of Chinese writing, tombs, filial piety ("ancestor worship"), more. each section has a Story to read, a chance to Explore, and a Challenge (game). Very well done.

 

 

Ancient Egypt This is the British Museum site, so it's quite good. Full of facts and well thought out. Hint: when you click on a subject link, a picture appears. You have to click on the picture to go to the actual link.

 

Union Jack Ancient Egypt - Egyptian Interactive Activities from Woodlands Junior School,Torbridge, Kent, in the UK! Amazing site from a pretty amazing school. More kids computer activities about ancient Egypt than we've seen anywhere!

 

 

Ancient Egypt - Online Activities from The Royal Ontario Museum. Covers everyday life, the arts, religion, mummies, who was who, writing, jobs, much more.

 

ta-mery Ancient Egypt Online "Welcome to Ancient Egypt Online; a site dedicated to the culture, language, religion and history of ancient Egypt." Starting with very ancient times (7,000 years ago plus). This site has a list of pharaohs(with biographies!) stretching back over 3,000 years, from Cleopatra to Hor-Aha! The Scorpion King Pharaoh is on this list. See if you can find him! Learn to write hieroglyphics! Speak ancient Egyptian! Learn about all the different gods and religions, and how they evolved over thousands of years. Explore the monuments - tombs, pyramids, and temples. Learn about society and culture. Find out what people ate, what they wore, how they accessorized, how they partied! Check out their recipes. Go to the gift shop and buy ancient Egyptian jewelry, perfume, incense, etc.; based on recipes written on temple walls! You can also have translations of text from English into hieroglyphs. A LOT of information here! Kudos to Jenny Hill, who made and maintains the site!

 

Ancient Greece from the British Museum. Wonderful! For grade six and up, we think. Lets students explore and learn with good graphics, games, activities, plenty of facts. Teachers should visit Staff Room before using the site, and should also check this site out first. British Museum gets a vote of thanks for this.

 

Ancient Greece Lesson Plans and Ancient Greece Graphic Organizers and Worksheets from Curriki "Collection of lesson plans for teaching topics of Ancient Greece. Topics such as the Greek gods, government and culture." and "Collection of graphic organizers for teaching topics of Ancient Greece. Topics such as Greek gods, their city-states and government as well as the overall impact of Ancient Greece." Designed, they say, for grades 3 -10.

 

Ancient Greeks from BBC Primary History - one of many great sites from them! Find out all about the ancient Greeks. Play Greek Hero and have adventures! Fun and educational. Going in Ancient History.

 

Ancient History  the BBC site. Wonderful! This extensive site covers ancient: Egypt, Greece, Rome, Britain, Anglo-Saxons, India, Vikings, and more! Another great BBC ed site.

 

Chidambaram Ancient India from the British Museum. Similar in layout to their Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia sites. Learn about religion, geography, writing, legends, the wheel of time! Teachers: pair this with Water for Sixth Graders - Ancient India--British Museum Style. It's a premade lesson plan that draws on the British Museum site! It also has a lot of links.

 

 

 

 

Hadrian's Wall - wikipedia Ancient Rome for Kids from Mr. Donn. Anything K-12 students would want to know about Rome and the Romans IS in this site! Enough said.

 

Ancient Rome for Kids - Free Games and Activities from Mr. Donn. Big list of fun games and activities.

 

Ancient Romans from BBC Primary History - one of many great sites from them! Find out all about the ancient Romans. Dig up the past in the Dig It Up: Romans game! Fun and educational.

 

Gold Star Ancient Web (revamped) includes information about44 ancient civilizations worldwide! It's about time these were all in one place for kids. Well done and often in-depth. Where else can you find information on ancient Poland and the ancient Philippines? Amazing site!

 

Anglo-Saxons is the best of the new BBC "ancient" sites for kids, that we've seen thus far. Comprehensive, covers everything kids would want to know about these "Anglish" people. The Fun Facts are interesting and relevant. Play the "Hild and the village feast" game for a sort of virtual tour.

 

Archaeology the BBC site. Good overview of the subject with emphasis on Britain.  Good coverage of battle field, aerial, and underwater techniques.

 

Archaeology for Kids from the National Park Service (NPS.)  May be the best American intro site for kids. Very good site covers different branches of archaeology, tools, how to dig, lesson suggestions, how to become an archaeologist, more.

 

Bible Places "features photographs and descriptions of sites in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and Greece with an emphasis on biblical archaeology, geography and history." Despite its name, this site is not overtly religious.  Go to the left-hand menu. In "The Sites" section are very good photo tours of dozens of different archaeological sites.  We've done a lot of ancient Egypt with kids. This site fits in just fine.

 

art from Book of Kells The Book of Kells Online The Book of Kells is a precious and glorious hand-written illuminated manuscript of the Four Gospels, in Latin. It was written around 800, maybe earlier, by Irish monks at a monastery on the Isle of Iona, Scotland. The pages are made of vellum (prepared calfskin). It was moved to Ireland to get it away from Viking raids. Yes, students, it is that old. Learn more of its history here. Now you can scroll though and look at each of the 340 pages. You don't have to read Latin to enjoy the enchanting, mystical art on every page. You can zoom in on every little detail. It gets even better! If you have an iPad, there's an app for this! Going in Art and in Ancient History.

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Brief History of the Assyrians These ancient people of the Bible are still around today. Read all about them at this site!

 

Butser Ancient Farm is actually a group of sites, about an British Iron Age farm and a Roman villa later built at the same place. Learn about ancient British buildings, what crops they planted, and what animals they raised. There are pix of the animals. Unique and very informative.

 

CMA Kids Ancient Egypt A work in progress, this site boasts playable online games of Senet and Hounds & Jackals. Also art projects, information on mummies, pyramids, more. From the Cleveland Museum of Art.

 

Cahokia Mounds official site. (new url) Learn about the largest mound complex north of Mexico and the cradle of the Mississippian Culture. The Legends of America Cahokia Mounds site(new url) has additional information.  The Washington Post has an online educational article with yet more Cahokia goodies here. The National Park Service has a small web page about Cahokia with more info and a nice picture of the temples in their prime.

 

Castles on the Web "offers an extensive database of all things Castle related including a castle photo gallery, free castle web pages, hundreds of castle links, castle site of the day, castles for kids and more!" For our favorite trio of (then) 10 year old castle freaks, and a few million more like them.

 

Chauvet Cave Bear Skull Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave  This French cave was only discovered in 1994. It's famous for its paintings of dangerous animals such as cave bears, lions, hyenas, and mammoths, to name a few. Also famous for human footprints, animal bones, and a cave bear skull mounted on a rock. The web page is not as sophisticated as the Lascaux Cave's page, but that takes nothing away from the cave's value.

 

Dendrochronology from the US National Park Service. This interactive presentation of tree ring dating for Webrangers is quite good. Like Tree Ring Analysis, this is a fine lesson on tree ring dating. Part of a larger site.

 

DIG the online archaeology magazine for kids!  Big site about archaeology.  We really liked Ask Dr. Dig and all the links from there. The home page's list of links is another great resource.

 

Dig It Up - Romans Dig It Up: Romans from BBC Primary History - Four levels of archaeological adventure await students who are helping excavate a dig before it gets paved over! Intro video at the start shows kids what to do. Develops an appreciation of what's involved in digs (precise, careful, but hard, work). Also, it's cool when you find something! Does not have its own URL, it's a Flash child of the main page.

 

Digital Karnak Ancient Egyptian temple complex. "The colossal site of Karnak is one of the largest temple complexes in the world...We invite you to experience Karnak – to learn about an ancient site that still resonates today because of its monumental pylons, towering columns, stunning reliefs and architectural marvels. Enter the temple precinct and discover its rich religious, political and architectural history." Fantastic site! Use the Time Line to see the temple area being added to over centuries. Download a KML file of the temple in its glory days and run it on Google Earth. Browse Archive has more data on ancient Egypt than you'll ever see in one place again. Experience Karnak has videos and animations - our favorite is Animations of the Temple Model that lets you fly through the temple complex. Developed by UCLA's Experiential Technologies Center.

* For all KML files: download to computer, then do file>open from inside Google Earth. When you close Googe Earth, click Yes when it asks if you want to save the temp file to your permanent files.

 

SPQR from Roman arch Digital Map of the Roman Empire HUGE map lets you zoom way in and way out! See the network of road, the names and borders of the provinces, zoom in on the smallest village mentioned in history, and the tiniest island. See where towns and forts were (modern place names are in italics). Click "About this Map" to see the map's Legend (what the symbols mean).

 

Dome of the Sky Lists constellations by northern and southern hemispheres and time of year. Has an outline of each constellation and the story or myth behind it. Good resource.

 

Explore Ancient Egypt from PBS/WGBH/NOVA "Want to walk around the Sphinx? Clamber inside the Great Pyramid of Giza and seek out the pharaoh's burial chamber? Visit the magnificent tombs and temples of ancient Thebes? In this multi-layered, highly visual interactive, view 360° panoramas, "walkaround" photos, and other breathtaking imagery shot throughout the Giza Plateau and ancient Thebes (modern-day Luxor), often with special permission. You'll see Old and New Kingdom tombs and temples, pyramids and statues, and a 140-foot-long wooden boat that is 4,600 years old. Enjoy this unique journey through the Land of the Pharaohs."

 

Giza plateau 3DGiza 3D from Dassault Systemes. Go to Egypt and see the Pyramids of Giza as they looked when they were new, 4,500 years ago! Explore it all in interactive 3D! Take narrated 3D guided tours. Explore pyramids, temples, tombs, art, carvings, statues, furniture - "wonderful things"! You will have to download and install the 3DVIA Player plug-in from the site (it's safe). Don't forget to scroll on the first page and run the intro video that's there.

 

 

 

Greek Gods and Goddesses A new retelling of the principal dieties for students. "GreekGodsAndGoddesses.net (GGG) was created in 2012 to provide an informative, easy to follow, and attractive online resource for information on the Olympian gods in Greek mythology... From K-12 students to mythology enthusiasts, GGG offers anyone interested in the Olympian gods an opportunity to enjoy learning about them." The site will be expanded in future to include more bios and facts about other figures in Greek Mythology. Go to this site and enjoy it! Thanks to Joshua for the email!

 

Greek Myths from Kidepede "Here are some of the myths - stories about the gods and heroes - that Greek people told" 30 myths listed, each with its own page.

 

Hadrian's Wall -The Complete Story @1080p 48 minutes of learning about the 74-mile Wall - where it is, when it was made, who built it, the history, Roman army life, account books, soldier's wives, construction, religion, and wonderful scenery! A good Wikipedia article here.

 

Hadrian's Wall from BBC Primary History - Romans One page of a larger section, with photos and videos.

 

History for Kids! is now Kidepedia History , look below.

 

Human History of the Colorado Plateau "The prehistoric people of the Colorado Plateau, the so-named Ancestral Puebloans, lived here for well over a thousand years. While the geology and scenic beauty and diversity of flora and fauna compliments the territory's featured assets, the achievement and cultural advance of these people is noteworthy." This site's an overview of the people, how they endured over time, their changing culture, their agriculture, their changing architecture, the kivas, Chaco Canyon, and the 21 present Pueblos. There's a big section for tourists of all ages on what not to do called "ARCHEOLOGICAL RULES OF THE ROAD". Please read it and remember it. BTW there are LOTS of photos and paintings to let you see all this wonder!

 

Imperial History of the Middle East  "Who has conquered the Middle East over the course of world events? See 5,000 years of history in 90 seconds..." This is a Flash map, so it's like watching a video.

 

Inca Empire for Kids from Mr. Donn's Ancient History Page, which is further down on this page. Everything you need to teach an Inca unit. Tons of cool info for kids, and a ready-to-go unit for teachers. There are a lot more like this on Mr. Donn's site, so check it out!

 

Indus Valley priest-king Indus Valley from BBC Primary History Go back in time 5,000 years and explore the Indus Valley civilization! Learn about who they were, how they lived, what they ate, their cities, jobs, writing, business, everything! Play the Indus trader Game! Become an Indus Trader and explore the ancient cities, prepare to sail to Sumer!

 

Indus Valley from the British Museum. Part of their great Ancient India site. Investigate Mohenjo-Daro, check out pottery, and read the story of life in a bead maker's shop (just like in Indus Trader). Then go see the rest of the main site.

 

 

Journey of Humankind Journey of Mankind - The Peopling of the World. Interactive Flash map lets you follow the migrations of humans over the last 160,000 years! Plenty of places to click to get more information, too. Very impresssive, with sound effects (Toba Volcano). Lays it all out for students right on the computer screen!

 

 

 

 

Kidepedia History Formerly History for Kids! - same site, new name, more stuff. Covers most of the world from ancient times up through the 1700s. You have to dig a little - for instance, ancient Japan is in Chapter Thirteen- Asia In The Middle Ages. Good coverage with lots of information and pics to keep kids interested.

 

Cave Painting of Horse Lascaux Cave The Cave of Lascaux is the French government's site (mostly in English) about this stone age cave and its world famous paintings.  Click HERE to tour the cave at the updated Virtual Visit , which lets you explore the cave section by section, with closeup Flash pix of the paintings (click the orange letters "en savoir" to do this) and detailed explanations. You may also want to click on the white labels that periodically appear. Eerie music accents this amazing experience. Everyone ought to visit this site at least once. Requires Flash. Also see the Chauvet Cave page which is also in this section.

 

 

Lost King of the Maya from PBS Nova.  Good little site from the TV show. Excellent interactive map of Mayan cities. Includes teacher guide.

 

Maya Adventure from the Minnesota Science Museum. Well laid out site with information about culture and history on every known Mayan city! With photo section and project-based learning activities.

 

Mayan Civilization for Kids Ancient Mayan civilization and culture for kids. Comprehensive and easy to use.

 

Medicine Wheel This is the original Native American wheel, located in the Bighorn Mountains of north central Wyoming. This site has a lot of maps and a LOT of photos of the site. Good information, too. Visit the Wheel. It's ancient, eerie, and the vistas are simply stunning. From the University of Wisconsin.

 

Interactive Medieval Map made with Flash Medieval Map "This website illustrates the historical changes that occurred in the Medieval Era (400 - 1500) with an interactive map." Understatement! Move back and forth through time in 10 to 50 year intervals. Click on one button to show cities, another to show decisive battles. Click the ? button to see a modern map. For battles, there is a brief synopsis in a popup window, with the option to go to Wikipedia. Clicking on a city icon sends you directly to Wikipedia. The map shows all the contemporary peoples and states for the period you choose. Clicking on any label (example: "Balts") brings up a three-section pie graph. One section - the "W", sends you to Wikipedia. Clicking the folder" icon opens up a book or article, if there is one (in this case an e-book called "The Balts", by Marija Gimbutas). Clicking on the "film" icon will open a video, if there is one. The site is constantly being improved. It's quite a trip through time for middle school and older. Visual learners may finally grasp the idea of huge groups of peoples moving across Europe. See empires and kingdoms rise and disappear. Wonder at names like the Avars, the Umayyads, the White Sheep Turks, the Magyars; places with names like the Iron Gates, Polotsk, Navarre, Swabia, Trebizond, and all the rest.

 

 

Gilgamesh Mesopotamia from the British Museum. Explore the Land Between the Rivers and its ancient civilizations. Check out Assyria, Babylonia, and Sumer! Learn about ziggurats, Gilgamesh, gods and goddesses, cuneiform, astronomers, palaces. Play the games!

 

 

 

Spinning Gold Star Mr. Donn's Ancient History Page  Lesson Plans & Activities for K-12 teachers & students. Lesson plans and activities, like it says, for just about everyone from Aztecs to Vikings. One of the few sites that covers ancient India and Japan. Has geography lessons at the 3rd-5th grade level. Also free clip art. LOTS of social studies lesson plans, up through high school. This is a great site and a lot of work went into it. Enjoy.

 

 

Birdman: Give Me That Old Time Religion Moundbuilders Teacher's Guide for Native American Heritage Month. From the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum (AICCM) of Oklahoma. Excellent self-contained teaching unit ready to go! Amazing art, artifacts, in-depth discussion of various moundbuilding Native American cultures over 11,000 years, from prehistoric times to the 1500s. Lots and lots of art! Plenty of activities.

 

 

 

Moundville Archaeological Park site from the University of Alabama.  About 800 years ago, this was the largest city in America. Lots of information and pictures.

 

Mummy Maker   from the BBC.  This ed game was so popular with our 4th and 5th graders that we gave it its own link! It is part of the BBC Ancient History site above. Can you make a mummy? As an assistant to the Chief Embalmer, you must prepare a body! Accurate, and kids love the eeeew! gross! aspects!  Hints for teachers: ask the cat for advice, write down the dear departed's name in hieroglyphs when it is shown, and remember this sequence: hook, heart, write down name, salt,  makeup artist, oil then resin, make label.

 

Newgrange is a 5,000 year old (or older) passage barrow mound in Ireland that was also an observatory that tracked the winter solstice. This huge mound has been 100% restored with the original white marble front wall! Many great photos and information.  See photos of the sun hitting the interior during the winter solstice here.

 

ORBIS route example ORBIS The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World. This is not your normal map! "ORBIS allows us to express Roman communication costs in terms of both time and expense. By simulating movement along the principal routes of the Roman road network, the main navigable rivers, and hundreds of sea routes in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and coastal Atlantic, this interactive model reconstructs the duration and financial cost of travel in antiquity." Short version: Travel the rivers, roads, and seas of the Empire! Find out how long it took and how much it cost. Lots of ways to get from point A to point X, depends on who you are and how much money and time you have. There's a menu bar along the top. Click Using ORBIS to watch a tutorial (it's good, we recommend it). Click the Adobe Acrobat Reader symbol at the the top right corner of the page to get the tutorial, lesson ideas, and explanations in .pdf form. Clever teachers could adapt this for any level from upper elementary up to college-level. It's that good. Different in purpose from the excellent Digital Map of the Roman Empire but both are quite detailed.

 

 

Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is an amazing site offering virtual tours of the Institute's world famous collection of ancient Middle Eastern artifacts!  Takes a little practice to use but worth the effort!

 

Prehistoric European Cave Artists Were Female Short article (with links) demonstrates that most of those hand prints are from women and girls.

 

Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China.  Uniter of ancient China, founder of the (short-lived, harsh) Qin Dynasty!  He was the Emperor in the movie "Hero."  Could you unite China?  Do you dare enter his tomb? Check out his famous terra-cotta army!

 

Rameses: Wrath of God, or Man?   The Discovery Channel site. Tour Rameses' realm, play the games. Do you have what it takes to be a Pharaoh like Rameses II? And who really won the Battle of Kadesh, anyway?

 

Roman Empire Animated Map covers expansions and contractions of the Empire from 510 BC to 1453 AD. Animated .gif file would be good for ancient history classes.

 

Roman Gladiator School found in Austria – three links:

The discovery of the school of gladiators at Carnuntum, Austria - Antiquity Journal. This is the 3:07 video, excellent graphics, good music.

The discovery of the school of gladiators at Carnuntum, Austria - supplementary material pdf file includes three color pictures of the school, starting on page 2

Gladiator School Discovery Reveals Hard Lives of Ancient Warriors - The Carnumtum gladiator school is one of only two found so far, and the only one outside of Rome itself. NatGeo analyzes the lives of those valued slaves, the gladiators.

 

Roman Villa A reconstructed Roman villa in England, part of the Butser Ancient Farm group of sites, about an Iron Age farm and a Roman villa later built at the same place. There are also pictures of the rooms in the villa.

 

Downloads Roman Villa models from Armada Model Designs, Ltd. This has good pictures of the villa at Butser Ancient Farm and of villa layouts, but the best part is at the bottom of the page - you can download FREE PDFs of two sizes of model Roman villas. The colorful parts, diagrams, and instructions are in the PDF! You build the villas using card stock. What a school project! They also have downloads of a Norman castle, pyramids; Fireship - a board game about the Spanish Armada, and more! What a deal!

 

The Romans Jordan Allan in the UK has created a fine resource site about everything Roman. This would be quite useful for students from elementary through college level who needed to learn a lot about the Roman world in one place. Covers pretty much all aspects of Roman history and civilization, with videos! Weighed somewhat towards Romans in Britain (naturally), but very useful wherever you are! Thanks, Mr. Allan, for the email!

 

Romans in Britain is now Primary History - Romans, with a new URL. This is a well done BBC site that concentrates on Romans in Britain. It includes a page on Hadrian's Wall.

 

Romans in Scotland Still a fine interactive site for learning about Romans, the Roman Empire, the ancient peoples of Scotland, and how they interacted. Gotta love Maeve and the guid Scots tongue. From BBC Scotland.

 

Rome - Mr. Carlton's Rome Unit This is a very good quality unit on Roman civilization by a 7th grade teacher in California. Part of his social studies site (he also has other units), this is easy to understand and broad-ranging. It would definitely benefit any student and is full of good ideas for teachers, too.

 

Rome Reborn virtual ancient Rome site. Tour Rome as it grows from a Bronze Age village to 500 AD.  Choose still images or Flash movies. Various academic institutions worked on this site, which is hosted by the University of Virginia.

 

The Royal Residence at Tissø in the Viking Age This narrated 3D video of a royal residence on the west bank of Lake Tissø, on the island of Sjælland (Zealand), Denmark, gives a good look at how Vikings lived at home. Good explanations and a few surprises. There's a much longer description on the site. You can access the video there or here.

 

Viking weapons from around Europe

 

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World with virtual tours.  See the seven wonders "up close and personal."  Also shows Stonehenge, the Sphinx, and the Tower of Babel.This site has various ads but the site content is academic.

 

Skara Brae log - BBC ScotlandBBC Scotland's interactive Skara Brae site for kids! Examine the evidence and play the activities! Make bead necklaces, decorate pots, find food and fuel, arrange things in the home, and plan a stone circle! Great educational site about Neolithic people living at the edge of Europe about 5,000 years ago.

 

SquinchPix Image Resource - "An Archive of European Imagery" Utterly astounding. Many thousands of artifacts, sculptures, paintings, castles, churches, temples, dishes, jars, ancient helmets, Minoan buildings, Pompeii, etc etc etc. All labeled by date made/built and location.

 

Stone Age Art Caves May Have Been Concert Halls There is good circumstantial evidence for this idea. Rooms with paintings in them have the best acoustics in the caves!

 

Wayland's Smithy - a passage grave Stone Pages (rhymes with "stone ages?") "Stonehenge, stone circles, dolmens, ancient standing stones, cairns, barrows, hill forts and archaeology of megalithic Europe."  Good photos and information on scores of Neolithic sites.  Also has QuickTime VR virtual tours of many sites (including Skara Brae!) Simply amazing.

 

This is Weyland's Smithy in England. Named for Weyland (Vulcan, Waylund, Vølundr) the patron god of blacksmiths. Actually a Neolithic "passage tomb" from thousands of years earlier. The earth that used to cover it was removed at some time.

 

 

Ancient History Stonehenge Panora 3-D panorama in Shockwave, taken from the center of Stonehenge. Scroll around and see what it looks like!

 

Sun Dagger at Fajada Butte, New Mexico. Short and sweet, this site has a great photo of the "sun dagger" formed by a slice of sunlight hitting a spiral design on a hidden rock. This only happens during the summer solstice.  Winter solstice and the vernal and autumnal equinoxes have their own sun daggers. The spiral carving looks an awful lot like the one at Newgrange in Ireland (see above), which is kind of spooky. Another site has more photos and is more technical. We'll add more about Chaco Canyon and other Anasazi places later, promise.

 

Sunstones! - Shipwreck Discovery May be Fabled Sunstone - what is it? The Alderney Crystal was originally transparent, but the sea water had turned it a milky white.

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How sunstones work

 

Temple of Karnak Great Hypostyle Hall Project.  From the University of Memphis (the one in Tennessee). "In architecture, a hypostyle hall has a roof which is supported by columns, as in the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak. The word hypostyle comes from the Ancient Greek hypóstylos meaning "under columns". Wikipedia" Kids will like the temple tour the best.  This temple was in a James Bond movie and also in The Mummy Returns.

 

TimeMaps "Explore The World History TimeMap; The most comprehensive Atlas of World History on the internet! Maps and timelines (timemaps) of every civilization, nation and empire. See the geographical context, chronology, connections and big pictures of history. FREE!" Fabulous interactive maps that branch off fractally, let students explore everything about the history of any part of the world from 3500 BC (5500 BP) to the present day. A short video shows some examples. The Atlas shows relationships between peoples and civilizations using graphics and text. It's full of information. There are also very good and inexpensive iPad, iTunes, and Chrome apps for sale, from $1 to $3 that we saw, and at least one (The Black Death) for £1.99. Are the apps worth it! In a word, yes! Our historian was nearly drooling. They also have available various teaching resources and materials. Enough! Go see it for yourself!

 

Titanic virtual dive! (and much more) Well, OK, unless you're a kid the Titanic isn't "ancient history" but it IS archaeology! Kids can dive down to the wreck in a virtual sub with a virtual ROV they can operate.

 

Tree Ring Analysis  Part of Bioweb, an excellent Canadian site listed in our Biomes section, over in Science and Nature.   Like Dendrochronology, this is a fine lesson on tree ring dating.

 

Uffington White Horse site with many photos, including the nearby "Uffington Castle" Iron Age hill-fort. This is the huge white horse carved into a chalk hill in southern England 3,000 years ago. Local residents have maintained it for as long. Perhaps a Celtic religious site, sacred to the goddess Epona, who watched (watches?) over horses. Includes shots of archaeologists restoring the site. Scroll down to see the photos. " 'Tain't what a horse looks like, it's what a horse be". - Granny Aching, talking about the White Horse, as quoted by Sir Terry Pratchett.

 

Vesuvius - Pliny the Younger's letter to the historian Tacitus about the eruption and the death of his uncle, Pliny the Elder; and a second letter about his own escape and what it looked and felt like to be in the volcanic cloud. Pliny the Elder was a senior naval officer who led a squadron of ships to rescue the people of Pompeii. Amazing nearly 2,000 year old letters, great Primary Source for history. Probably best for 5th grade and up, or a literate 4th grader.

 

Viking Age History from Hurstwic. "To help the public learn more about Viking Age history, we include here links to factual articles written by Hurstwic members. The articles are updated regularly, and we hope to add more articles on a regular basis. A list of some of the references used to create these articles is here. In addition, we have created a short reading list of introductory texts on Viking age topics, for both children and adults." This is mainly for high school and up, although younger students should enjoy many of the drawings and photos. Covers every topic and aspect of Norse and Viking life. Anything a layperson would ever want to learn about the Viking Age is in here, usually well illustrated and thoroughly explained.

 

Viking Quest is an online game from the BBC Ancient History site.  Players must plan, prepare, and execute a raid on the monastery at Lindesfarne. Gives good insights into what it meant to be a Viking and a Viking's victim. Hints: take the chief's gold, do not land in front of the monastery, do not burn the monastery.

 

Vikings is one of the new BBC "ancient" sites for kids, and it's quite good. Comprehensive, covers Viking history and home life. Naturally emphasis is on the UK. The Fun Facts are interesting and relevant. Play the "Thorkel and the trading voyage" game for a cultural tour of ancient "old" York ("Jorvik").

 

Vikings Who Were the Vikings? is the companion site to the PBS Nova TV program of the same name.  Interesting and factual.

 

Virtual Egypt Live from Ancient Egypt!  Photo tours, games, facts, links, it's all here!

 

What things cost in Ancient Rome Wages and prices in 301 AD in the Roman Empire. This site gives insight into what it was like to live and work in the Empire - a valuable historical tool. The data could be used for all sorts of teacher-created lessons.

 

Who's Who in Greek Mythology from Mr. Donn. His usual great treatment of a subject. A collection of links to Greek myths including the 12 Olympian gods.

 

Winged Sandals "Take the tour with Hermes the messenger god, through a magical place filled with awesome gods, daring heroes and fabulous monsters." Tour ancient Greece with this very interactive site from Australia.

 

Wizard of Alderney Edge Excellent video poem from students of Bradford University, wonderful rhyming poem, good animation and music, the narrator is great! Covers some good ancient English mythic themes (sacred mounds and wells, white horses, armies asleep underground). Good stuff! Thanks to Josie Whitehead, who listed this video on her stupendous site - Josie's Poems.

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