Ancient Daily Life in Civilizations
- Agriculture (31)
- Ancient Houses (20)
- Ancient Writing (106)
- Archaeoastronomy (17)
- Climate Change (13)
- Death and Mortuary Studies
- Foods of the Ancient Past (27)
- Inventions (12)
- Metallurgy (24)
- Military (24)
- Rock Art
- Textiles (10)
- Tool Types (10)
- Transportation (69)
- Urban Archaeology (14)
This list examines some of the really old types of food and drink, recipes that we still consume today, but which have been around for thousands of years.
When was Fire First Controlled by Humans?
The controlled use of fire was, of necessity, one of the earliest of human discoveries. Fire's purposes are multiple, some of which are to add light and heat, to cook plants and animals, to clear forests for planting, to heat-treat stone for making stone tools, to burn clay for ceramic objects.
Workshops are archaeological sites, or parts of archaeological sites, where specialized crafts were practiced, whether pottery, glass, stone tools, or textiles. They are especially useful for understanding a range of behaviors, from what kind of tools people used to how people organized craft specialization.
Burials and Graves
Death and the rituals associated with death are part of ancient daily life, as they are today. Archaeological research into death includes mortuary behaviors, grave goods, cemetery plans, mortality, morbidity, and diet and health.
Craft specialization was a cornerstone of civilizations, and most likely the reason we don't have an egalitarian society today.
One important tool learned by past civilizations was learning to control the animals and plants that sustain ourselves. Domestication is the process of genetically adapting an animal or plant to better suit the needs of human beings. This page includes a definition of domestication and a table of domestication dates for animals and plants in the...
Metallurgy, when used by archaeologists, is the study of the ancient processes of producing objects made of metal, including quarrying, mine construction, and smelting. Copper and gold-working.
Raid on Deerfield: 1704
This interesting website from the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association describes living styles for the five cultural groups living in Deerfield Massachusetts (English, French, Kanienkehaka or Mohawk, Wendat or Huron and Wôbanaki or Abenaki at the time of the 1704 French and Native raid on the town of Deerfield.
Rock art is the collective term used for various forms of artistic expression used humans and their immediate ancestors.
One of the core concepts of the study of archaeology is settlement pattern studies, involving how people arranged their living spaces.
Shamanism is the term given by anthropologists to the most basic and universal form of religion: the ritual specialist or shaman, part of most culture's ancient daily life.
Making and using tools are an important part of ancient daily life, not to mention an important part of the research that archaeologists use to understand ancient daily life.
Textiles in Ancient Daily Life
Making clothing, bags, nets, basketry and sandals are all important parts of ancient daily life. Archaeologists use the word textiles to refer to woven cloth, bags, nets, basketry, cord-twisting, sandals and other perishable material created out of organic fibers.
Transportation--building roads, canals, viaducts, and carts, boats, ships to travel on them--is an early important invention of humans for ancient daily life.
Raw materials are substances in nature which were are of use to ancient peoples--and a source of great fascination to the people of the present.
The History of Plazas, Patios and Open Spaces
Plazas, opens spaces in communities that allow the people to come together, are nearly as old as the first cities, at least 9400 years ago.