The Moundbuilder people built mound complexes, cultivated domesticated plants, constructed pottery and ritually buried their dead. Archaeologists have discovered valuable objects from vast distances left within the mounds as offerings to the recently deceased.
Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan host mysterious mound complexes believed to be built by a Native American group between 2,200 and 1,600 years ago. Previous to building these complexes, these Amerindians subsisted through hunting, fishing and agriculture. According to Newberry, the mounds were the result of a new, profound religion that swept through the region, thus acting as an impetus to build ceremonial centers along lakes and rivers. Matriarchal in nature, they lived in small nuclear family groups led by senior family members.Learn More
The Blackfoot people initially used dogs to pull their belongings on a sled-like device called a travois while they walked alongside. When they encountered horses in the 18th century, the dogs were quickly eclipsed by these much larger, stronger and more versatile animals.Full Answer >
Ancient Babylon provided a wide variety of ancient inventions that are still used today, including glazed bricks and the seeder plow. Glazed bricks were used in ancient Babylon as a way to decorate temples and other buildings. Some of the bricks that have been excavated date back to the mid-1800s B.C.Full Answer >
Ancient and modern civilizations are similar in that they both have a division of labor, social classes, an administrative system, a written language, architecture and art styles and large population centers, such as cities and towns. In fact, all civilizations, regardless of when they were established, must have these characteristics in order to be considered civilizations.Full Answer >
In short, no, Mayan people did not predict that the world would end on December 21, 2012; this belief is not only a misinterpretation of Mayan culture and timekeeping but also, if taken literally, inaccurate from the perspective of the Mayans. The Gregorian calendar that includes dates like December 21 was not developed until the 16th century C.E., so even if they had predicted the end of the world, the Mayans wouldn't have said that December 21, 2012 would be the day. Additionally, the very notion that Mayans predicted the end of the world or thought that time would cease to exist at a certain point is based on an incorrect interpretation of the way this culture kept time.Full Answer >