Sunday, March 20, 2005

Pages through the Ages

Pages through the Ages. Created by 5th-graders at Oak View Elementary School in Fairfax, Virginia, this site explores the geography, government, daily life, religion and technology of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.

From the site:

The prehistoric era is also called the Stone Age. The Stone Age is divided into two parts -- the Old Stone Age and the New Stone Age. The Old Stone Age started about 2 million years ago and ended about 10,000 years ago. The New Stone Age was the last 5,000 years of the era. We know about the Stone Age because researchers have found artifacts like tools, skeleton remains and cave paintings.

The people who lived then were known as nomads. They survived by hunting and gathering. The hunters got meat from the deer and the gatherers collected plants and berries. The deer were very important to these people. Other than food, they used the hides for clothing and blankets, and the bones for tools. They constantly moved around following herds of deer.

Since the people wandered around following the deer, they did not have permanent homes. There were no villages, so they did not know what farming was. Although they used their cave paintings to communicate, the nomads didn't have language like we know it today. They had trouble growing socially and culturally until they learned how to share their ideas.

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