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This resource is useful for students who can visit rare books in special collections libraries. Teachers and students of book history, literature, and art history might find this resource useful.

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Ancient History
Art History
Arts and Humanities
History
Literature
World Cultures
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Date Added:
09/27/2019
Ancient Latin American objects in the archive: selections from the George and Louise Patten collection of Salem Hyde cultural artifacts at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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Early in the Spring 2020 semester, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga students in my Ancient to Modern Latin American Visual Culture Art History course embarked upon an intensive first-hand visual analysis and research project that involved working directly with original artifacts from Ancient Latin America housed within the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library’s Special Collections. This unique opportunity and the publication of their findings were made possible thanks to the generous support and assistance of Special Collections Director Carolyn Runyon and her dedicated staff.

By examining the wide array of Pre-Columbian objects in the George and Louise Patten Salem Hyde Papers and Cultural Artifacts Collection, these upper division students formed small research groups dedicated to specific artifact types, such as human figurines, animal figurines, tools and lithics, vessels, anthropomorphic ceramics, replicas, and sherds. They carefully recorded their original observations of their selected objects of study in written field notes, photographs, and drawings. Later, they compared their initial observations with preliminary collection data developed independently by Archaeology students of Dr. Andrew Workinger, leading to further questions and insights surrounding these extraordinary pieces predominantly from pre-contact indigenous cultures of the Central and Intermediate regions of Latin America that today comprise Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama and Colombia. Building upon their analysis, the Art History student research groups then re-examined their selected artifacts through analytical frameworks focused on Gender and the Body, Color, Pattern and Materiality, Spirituality and the Object, Form and Function, and Identity and Representation. In presenting their findings to their peers, students received feedback that allowed them to refine their analysis and develop the original individual and group catalog essays that comprise this exhibition publication. Their research sheds further light on the extraordinary value and diversity of the ancient artifacts of Latin America that uniquely form part of UTC’s Special Collections, as well as the innovative power of interdisciplinary research and collaboration.

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Ancient History
Art History
Arts and Humanities
History
World History
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Diagram/Illustration
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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Author:
Olivia Wolf
Date Added:
07/19/2021
Ancient Lives
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For classics scholars, the vast number of damaged and fragmentary texts from the waste dumps of Greco-Roman Egypt has resulted in a difficult and time-consuming endeavor, with each manuscript requiring a character-by-character transcription. Words are gradually identified based on the transcribed characters and the manuscripts' linguistic characteristics. Both the discovery of new literary texts and the identification of known ones are then based on this analysis in relation to the established canon of extant Greek literature and its lexicons. Documentary texts, letters, receipts, and private accounts, are similarly assessed and identified through key terms and names. Furthermore, an immense number of detached fragments still linger, waiting to be joined with others to form a once intact text of ancient thought, both known and unknown. The data not only continues to reevaluate and assess the literature and knowledge of ancient Greece, but also illuminates the lives and culture of the multi-ethnic society of Greco-Roman Egypt.

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Ancient History
History
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Interactive
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Citizen Science Alliance
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Zooniverse
Date Added:
02/26/2016
Ancient World History to 1300 C.E.
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This textbook is divided into three sections: Africa, Asia & Americas, and Europe. It explores the history of the world from pre-historic times to 1300 C.E., paying specific attention to the interconnections (or disconnections) between peoples and regions. Students are encouraged to think beyond their experiences with western civilizations to recognize the widespread impact of historical events and trends, including how they helped shape the world today. Touching upon each world region, the readings investigate the impact of environment, economics, politics, and religion on diverse societies. Key topics are sites of change and integration such as the rise of cities, religion, technology, migration and trade, the spread of disease, gender relationships, warfare and social movements.

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Ancient History
History
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Textbook
Provider:
Cleveland State University
Provider Set:
Michael Schwartz Library Pressbooks
Author:
Kelly Wrenhaven
Meshack Owino
Shelley Rose
Date Added:
11/18/2021
The Ancient and Medieval World
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The Ancient & Medieval World is a collaborative, open educational resource designed to help students better understand a world long removed from their contemporary experience. The text uses a modular format where students are provided with a brief introduction to each theme, several primary sources, interpretive material written by subject-matter experts, relevant maps and timelines, and visual sources, as well as a glossary of unfamiliar terms. Each module can be used as the foundation of a course assignment or thematic lesson.

Word Count: 75897

ISBN: 978-1-989864-59-3

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Ancient History
History
World History
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Textbook
Provider:
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Date Added:
01/26/2024
Animations - The Science of Knapping
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Explore the physics and material science of making stone tools. Educator Nate Salzman walks us through the surprisingly complex science of flintknapping, or the process of turning stone into blades, arrowheads, spear points, axes, jewelry and more. Making tools from stone may be thousands of years old, but required people to think about the properties of the material they were using and the physics of striking the stone to shape it just right.NOTE: These are animations derived from the video "The Science of Knapping" which is linked here and published under its own listing on OER Commons.This resource is part of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum’s open educational resources project to provide history, ecology, archaeology, and conservation resources related to our 560 acre public park. More of our content can be found on YouTube and SketchFab. JPPM is a part of the Maryland Historical Trust under the Maryland Department of Planning.

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Ancient History
Applied Science
Geology
History
Physical Science
Physics
World Cultures
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Diagram/Illustration
Author:
JPPM Admin
Date Added:
06/07/2022
Arabic History and Culture
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This webpage provides elementary information on aspects of Arab culture and history, including religion, politics, naming conventions, and Persian influence on Arab culture and language. The information seems to have been authored by the site's administrator, and contains no references or citations.

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Ancient History
Arts and Humanities
History
Languages
Religious Studies
World Cultures
Material Type:
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Individual Authors
Author:
Hani Deek
Date Added:
09/17/2013
The Aztec Sacred Precinct Explained: The Sacred Urban Center of Mexico-Tenochtitlan
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Nearly Everything You Need To Know About the Aztecs Can Be Found Within the Sacred Precinct.

This engaging video examines the most important part of the entire Aztec world: the literal center of the Universe: The Sacred Precinct of Mexico-Tenochtitlan. Now, nearly everything you need to know about the Aztecs can be found within this sacred space located in the center of its majestic city: Tenochtitlan. There’s about 78 structures, although all of them haven’t been found yet…. But these buildings can you teach you nearly everything… about the Culhua Mexica. You can learn about Aztec religion…. Social structure… architecture… engineering… sports… their cleanliness.

Model of Sacred Precinct is located at the Mexican National Museum of Anthropology and History.

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Ancient History
Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
Engineering
Ethnic Studies
History
Social Science
World Cultures
World History
Material Type:
Lecture
Lesson Plan
Author:
Professor Estrada Ph.D.
Date Added:
08/09/2023
The Aztecs from Aztlan to Tenochtitlan: The Codex Boturini & the Mexica Pilgrimage Read page-by-page
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This is the story of the Aztec’s historic 200+ year pilgrimage, as told from the 16th Century Primary source: The Codex Boturini.

The Aztecs came from a place in the north called: Aztlan, which means, “place of the White Heron.”

The Aztecs left their homeland Aztlan in about 1111 C.E. After more than 200 years of trials and tribulations, they stopped when they saw their sign from their god Huitzilopochtli: the eagle perched on the cactus. There, they would build one of the greatest cities in world history.

This is the story of their historic migration from Aztlan to Tenochtitlan in their own words.

Subject:
Ancient History
Arts and Humanities
History
World History
Material Type:
Lecture
Lesson
Module
Author:
Professor Estrada Ph.D.
Date Added:
08/09/2023
Biographical Dictionary of the History of Paleoanthropology
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The Biographical Dictionary of the History of Paleoanthropology is an ongoing digital humanities project by Dr. Matthew Goodrum, a historian of science who teaches in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech. The work contains biographies of individual paleoanthropologists, especially those for whom little information exists in English. They are organized in alphabetical order. Each biography is subject to revision as new information comes to light, and new biographies will be added over time.

Word Count: 92962

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Subject:
Ancient History
Anthropology
Applied Science
Health, Medicine and Nursing
History
Social Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Virginia Tech
Date Added:
07/31/2022
The Codex Maya of Mexico (Codice Maya) Fully Explained, page-by-page. Formerly the Grolier Codex.
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The Codice Maya de Mexico has one primary story, it records the complex movements of the planet Venus across its 4 cycles. The 10-pages codex records 65 complete Venus Cycles, which takes a total of 104 years.

The Codice Maya of Mexico was written in 1,110 CE by a single Mayan scribe. It is the oldest book in all the Americas. This video will translate this 900 year old Maya Codex, page-by-page.

The book was found in the 1960s by looters, and it's taken more than 50 years to analyze and authenticate this book. But this Mexican book is 100% real.

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Ancient History
Art History
Arts and Humanities
Ethnic Studies
History
Social Science
World History
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Lecture
Lesson Plan
Author:
Professor Estrada Ph.D.
Date Added:
08/09/2023
Confucianism Explained
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This video explains the teachings of Confucius. Education is the path to moral excellence, which is central to building a harmonious society. Education is a lifelong process and the purpose of learning is to acquire virtues.

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Ancient History
Arts and Humanities
Ethnic Studies
History
Philosophy
Religious Studies
Social Science
World Cultures
World History
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Lecture
Lesson
Module
Unit of Study
Author:
Anupama Mande
Date Added:
07/09/2020
A Digital Tutorial For Ancient Greek Based On John William White's First Greek Book
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John William White's First Greek Book was originally published in 1896. The book contains a guided curriculum built around the language and vocabulary of Xenophon’s Anabasis. This digital tutorial is an evolving edition that is designed to run on both traditional browsers, tablet devices, and phones. Each lesson includes drill and practice exercises in addition to the text itself. The site also includes tab-delimited files for all of the vocabulary and grammar that can be imported into flashcard programs.

For more information about the design of the tutorial, you can read an article that was published in Volume 107, Number 1, Fall 2013 of the journal Classical World on pages 111-117 or a presentation from the 2013 meeting of the Digital Classics Association. An article about the audiences and usage statistics for the tutorial entitled An Open Tutorial for Beginning Ancient Greek has been published in a volume of papers entitled Word, Space, Time: Digital Perspectives on the Classical World. edited by Gabriel Bodard & Matteo Romanello and published by Ubiquity Press.

You can use these pages to study Ancient Greek online. As you complete the drill and practice exercises in each chapter, you will earn drachmas to help track your progress. The exercises keep track of the questions you have missed and presents those to you more often. Information about your progress is stored in a cookie on your computer. You can clear all of this data on the settings page.

When you have successfully completed all of the exercises in a chapter, you will have ten drachmas. You will lose drachmas as time passes so you know when you need to review chapters again.

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Ancient History
Arts and Humanities
History
Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Jeff Rydberg-Cox
Date Added:
11/01/2018
Egyptian Mathematics
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The Egyptians are known for being ahead of their time in comparison to some civilisations that came after them. This unit looks at how the Egyptians solved mathematical problems in everyday life and the technology they used. An understanding of this area has only been possible following the translation of the Rosetta Stone.

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Ancient History
History
Mathematics
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Activity/Lab
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
The Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
09/06/2007
The Epic of Gilgamesh
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This video offers a summary and analysis of the main themes in the Epic of Gilgamesh. The world’s first recorded epic poem, from Mesopotamia, explores important questions: can humans defy aging and conquer death?

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Ancient History
Arts and Humanities
Ethnic Studies
History
Literature
Social Science
World Cultures
World History
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Lecture
Lesson
Module
Student Guide
Unit of Study
Author:
Anupama Mande
Date Added:
08/08/2020
Finding the Invisibles: A True Story
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Book 3 "It's A Miracle We Survived This Far"

Short Description:
First: Hold on to your sanity. I only ask you read, think, read, then think again. Connect the dots, if you will. Murdered for beliefs? Absolutely—and ongoing. Read on if you have the stomach for torture described in this edition but it may be too much for some readers.We are not supposed to know the real history.

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“I don’t know about you but I have plenty of paperback and hard covers,” says Trace Hentz, author of the book series “It’s A Miracle We Survived This Far.”

Her new book FINDING THE INVISIBLES is published in blog posts (and available as a pdf or epub.) https://www.findingtheinvisibles.com

“I am a researcher and historian, not an academic. I read more than I will ever write. I found something so remarkable and terrifying, it all came together in this new book.

“It was not what I had planned for my life but now I see it was a bigger plan to make this book and research part of my book series. I am as shocked as anyone. No, it’s not going to be on Amazon, who rejected (and blocked) an early draft. No, it’s not the normal way to publish a book but I am not normal,” Hentz said.

Hentz is the founder and publisher of BLUE HAND BOOKS (2011-2022) which publishes Native American writers and storytellers. Their website: www.bluehandbooks.org

“With the chaos of too many books and the expense of buying books, I reject and defy what is expected for any new book,” Hentz said. “If it’s good, it will travel. People who are meant to read it will.”

Hentz is the author or “Mental Midgets/Musqonichte” (2019) and “What Just Happened” (2021) in the It’s A Miracle… book series, for sale as paperbacks and ebooks with online booksellers. Her first book series “Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects” is also available online and at bookstores.

“What I found is so shocking, it needs to be formatted for easy reading, so the reader can digest and think, over a period of time.” “Yes, this is a departure from traditional publishing formats, and I think many others will do this, eventually. A website can be accessed easily by phone or computer. Each chapter can be read at your leisure, which is the whole point,” Hentz said.

For More Information: bluehandbooks@outlook.com

Word Count: 50300

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Subject:
Ancient History
History
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Blue Hand Books
Date Added:
05/01/2022
Houses and Households in Ancient Greece
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An introduction to the houses and households of ancient Greece using ancient literary texts, visual culture, and material evidence. Created with the students of CLAS 4V53/5V53 The Ancient Greek Household, Brock University, 2022.

Word Count: 18288

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Subject:
Ancient History
History
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Brock University
Author:
Alex Hoffer
Allison Glazebrook
Ashley Rydzik
Emily Laffin
Jessie Simpson
John-michael Bout
Julia Minato
Kaylee Janzen
Samantha Fisher
Shakeel Ahmed
Date Added:
04/14/2022
Humanities - Early Civilizations OER Textbook (PPCC)
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This resource is the OER textbook created by the Humanities Department at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC).It covers HUM 121 - Early Civilization, according to the learning objectives and common course numbering system at Colorado Community College System (CCCS).

Subject:
Ancient History
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Marc Nash
Date Added:
03/03/2021