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Atlas of World History

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History of Africa Asia and Europe from 3000 BCE to 1000 CE with interactive maps and map animation.

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Mass Sacrifice Found Near Aztec Temple

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Below street level in Mexico City, archaeologists have found a jumble of bones dating to the 1480s.

 

In the 1970s, construction workers unearthed numerous archaeological finds as the subway was being constructed.  The Mexican government decided to clear the several block of old colonial buildings to reveal the Templo Mayor, the ancient Aztec religious center.  Not coincidentally, the Spaniards built their religious center in the same place.  During the colonial era, the indigenous residents who spoke Spanish in Mexico City still referred to this portion of the city as la pirámide.  Today more finds such as this one are continuing to help us piece together the past of this immensely rich, multi-layered place filled with symbolic value. 

 

Tags: Mexico, LatinAmerica, historical, images, National Geographic, colonialism, place and culture.


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Kaitlin Young's curator insight, September 29, 12:32 PM

I find it fascinating that even today, we are able to unearth mysteries in some of our more developed cities. Places can be multi-layered and can tell more stories than just what lies on the surface. The fact that this site has been the location for multiple spiritual centers is both bizarre and magical in a sense, and makes you wonder if there is some unknown reason as to why that first Aztec temple for erected there first. 

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, October 16, 6:20 PM

Of course archaeological finds like this are always interesting for understanding the past but this story has two angles. First and probably the most obvious is the wealth of anthropological and history information that can be gathered. This could potentially lead to an advancement in the understanding of Aztec society. But on another angle it is an interesting article because it illustrates how so often the new is built right on top of the old. Where was the old capital of the Aztec Empire? Right under the new capital of Mexico. While by doing so one definitely keeps the same advantages that lead to choosing that land in the first place but it also destroys history and origins of a peoples history.  

Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 16, 8:50 PM

Wow! What an amazing archaeological discovery. Seeing the image of the Aztec temple superimposed to Mexico city really shows the immense size of this structural relic.It is interesting to know that the Spaniards had also built their religious temple on this location. This is a tremendous find not only structurally but also in human biology. Many bodies were exhumed during this discovery. The bodies can not only tell us scientifically what has happened ,we can also learn from them what type of funerary processes were used during this time.

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An Annotated Map of Today's Protests and of the 'Muslim World'

An Annotated Map of Today's Protests and of the 'Muslim World' | World History Classroom | Scoop.it
The violent backlash against the American film is taking place in Muslim societies, but it doesn't seem to correlate with Islam's reach.

 

This is a good reminder that the generalizing about "all Muslims" is as inaccurate as generalization about "all Christians" or any other group.  The world and people are much more nuanced than that. 

 

Tags: MiddleEast, Islam, conflict.


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Martin Daumiller's comment, September 16, 2012 2:53 AM
The map is slightly poor. 100% and more world muslim population? There is a great mix-up between muslims living in a country and percentage of muslims living in a country, therefore turning the U.S., Russia, etc. also into the discussion.
Also there is a distinction between not-protesting and not supporting the protests, which should influence the authers comparision of different mentalities.
The main idea against stereotypes and generalization is a very worthy one, but the way is article shows it is flawed.
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The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #1

He has created an entire series for World History education...brilliant!!

"In which John Green investigates the dawn of human civilization. John looks into how people gave up hunting and gathering to become agriculturalists, and how..."

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On Israel's system of segregated roads in the occupied Palestinian territories

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Tags: MiddleEast, territoriality, transportation, borders, conflict, governance, political, unit 4 political. 


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Cam E's curator insight, March 4, 11:32 AM

A relatively grim reminder that even things as clear-cut as road systems can be inherently political. This system forces segregation by the law of which roads can be driven on, but it's a good jumping point to remember that even the placement of roads can exclude or include communities. I'm reminded of the proposed idea for a NAFTA superhighway running through Mexico, Canada, and the US. One of the criticisms was that the highway would not provide exits for anywhere but major economics centers, effectively cutting off small towns from the rest of the area.