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Annotated Links: Recycling in the ‘Old’ World

In History, Internet Resources on April 22, 2010 at 16:25

by Staff of West Civ Sec 2

For Earth Day, our class took a look at the history of recycling.

Here is a short annotated collection of what we found online. It’s pretty interesting because even though most people believe that recycling is a modern idea, research has shown that even the Ancient Romans recycled!

Ancient Greece

The people of crete creating an urban garbage dump about 3,000 B.C. The Athenians were some of the first to dump their waste outside the city.

Ancient Rome

The Ancient Romans took old metal after conquering a new place and melted it down to make statues.  This reused the metal and made it into something useful. The Romans would recycle the swords and jewelry of the places and regions they defeated. They would melt the metal down to make statues of gods and war heroes.

Stones used in the walls of Roman cities were recycled and used to make other people’s houses and other things when part of the wall was damaged. Much later, museums in Britian used glass from the Roman times to turn into gems and decorate their displays.

The Numberlands took the old bronze Roman coins and they recycled them into trinkets for the Roman Army and sold them for more money than the older coins were worth.

Ancient Romans also recycled and reused their broken pottery.


This site is about how the Vikings recycled old metal weapons by melting them down and using them for other things. It is maybe unusual to hear that the Vikings recycled, but they would always reuse weapons from obtained from battles.
The Vikings recycled their old weapons by taking them to smithies after battles and having them reprocessed.  This allowed broken weapons to be reused over and over again.

Further reading…

This site from the Waste Watch Project’s WasteOnline has a “Chronology of Waste” that has information dating back to 3000 BC . This site tells how different civilizations recycled waste and used their waste products.


Old School Gaming: Ancient History Game Reviews

In Games, History, Internet Resources on March 16, 2010 at 13:33

by Thomas Sullivan

There are many great games out there geared towards learning about the ancient world.

In ‘Gladiator: Dressed to Kill‘, you dress up Roman gladiators for battle.

The game gives information about the Roman gladiators like how they were armed in a variety of styles that were designed to mimic mythical figures as well as Rome’s past enemies. Specific gladiators were matched together so there would be an exciting fight.

In the game you have sixty seconds to dress up the specific gladiator for his specific battle. You can ask for clues that will help you to figure out which weapons and armor your gladiator should were into battle. You only have four clues and you need to choose four weapons and armor. The four weapons that you can give to your gladiator are a trident, a sword, a spear, and a dagger. Other things that may be given to the gladiator are different types of armor as well as shields and a net. The clues can give you a hint as to what weapon and what armor to send the gladiator in with. An example is “The Retiarius gladiator is lightly armed, and has the equipment of a fisher man.” Based on the clue you can that the weapon that the gladiator should be given is a trident and fishing net. If you choose three of the correct weapons you will be given the palm branch of victory. If you choose all four correctly, you will be given a wooden sword that symbolizes the gladiator’s freedom.

This is a fun game that will help you learn about how gladiators fought and what they were like. It gives information on what kinds of weapons and armor they took into the arena with them which can be very interesting.

In the game, ‘Dig it up: Romans‘, you are an archaeologist.

In this game, you are trying to dig up archaeological items, hence the name. You are set in a place where there are many underground Roman items and there are places where you can dig up specific items from a specific Roman time period.

Meanwhile, in the ‘Mesopotamia Farming Game‘, you have to take care of three different plots of land, farm, sow your crops, water, and maybe even flood your crops.

This game can be helpful to learn about farming, but it doesn’t teach much about Mesopotamia, except that people from there were farmers because of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. This game would be better if it was more interactive with more facts about Mesopotamia and if it had more things to do than just farming. has created an interactive game where not only can you learn about the history of the Giza pyramids but you can learn how to build one.

While building the pyramid, the game gives you a time limit of about 23 years. It is very realistic, down to point where you have to get barracks for the workers. This game is good for anyone who wants to learn what it felt like to be in charge of having one of the Pyramids at Gize built.

BBC has a an interactive game that goes through the process of digging up ancient civilizations in the Indus Valley.

Professor Indus is an archaeologist. He gives you the mission of finding the lost city of Mohenjodaro. It is a great game where you learn about the tools that an archaeologist uses as you learn about the Indus Valley. It is quite clever and fun to play and i recommend it.

That’s it until next time. Until then… enjoy gaming and learning!

Game Review: Death in Rome

In Games, Internet Resources on March 11, 2010 at 12:25

Death in Rome

reviewed by Ryan Noone


This game is very interactive and challenging. You are a Roman detective trying to figure out who the murderer is after a mysterious death in Rome. This game is appropriate for high school students, but the changing difficulty levels should be suited for younger kids as well. To solve the mystery you have to put together the pieces of the puzzle given to you and listen to the people tell you about what they saw. In the end, you have to put it all together and figure out the mysterious death in Rome.

Virtual Legion – Interactive History Site for the Inner Legionnaire

In History, Internet Resources on March 5, 2010 at 22:28

by Bryan Doherty

Virtual Legion is a Flash-based site that shows and explains the Roman Legionnaire and his equipment.

It’s great for visual reference. It’s also very helpful for learning about the tactics and equipment that the Romans used in the military.

By use of an interactive map, the site also shows the tactics used by the legions and how they fought.

If you would like to know more about the individual soldiers and the legions themselves during Ancient Rome, this site is great!