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3,300-year-old Cheese Found in Egypt Oldest cheese
Archaeologists have found 3,300-year-old cheese in an Egyptian tomb. The tomb belonged to Ptahmes who lived in the 13th Century B.C. A high-ranking official under pharaohs Seti I and Rameses II, Ptahmes was buried near the Pyramid of Unas, in Saqqara, home to the resting places of many important people from ancient times in Egypt. Treasurer hunters discovered the tomb in 1885. Most of the tomb's treasures were taken away, and the tomb was forgotten. A 2010 rediscovery rekindled interest in the tomb. Also found were a handful of grave markers, one having an unfinished image of Ptahmes. Among a group of pottery shards found in a subsequent dig by Egyptian and Italian archaeologists was a lump of something white next to a canvas fabric. New high-tech chemical tests proved that the white mass was once a hunk of cheese, wrapped in the canvas fabric and stored in an earthenware jar. Further, the tests revealed traces of milk from cows, sheep, goats and African buffalo.

Kellogg's Snacks to Counter Visual Impairments
August 16, 2018 Rice Krispies Treats Braille stickers
Kellogg's has partnered with the National Federation of the Blind to create snacks that are friendly to consumers with visual impairments. Consumers of Rice Krispies Treats can now buy accompanying Braille stickers and a programmable audio box. The Braille stickers are preprinted. The sheet of eight includes heart-shaped messages such as "Love you lots" and "Good luck" and are designed to be affixed to the snack's wrapping. The audio box includes an option to record a 10-second message. Kellogg's said that the message could be rerecorded more than 1,000 times.

New Sphinx Found Buried in Egyptian Mud
August 14, 2018
The discovery of a sphinx has stopped a construction project in Egypt. Workers building a road between Egypt's ancient temple complexes Karnak and Luxor unearthed enough of a large statue to determine that it was indeed a sphinx, the mythical creature with a human head and lion's body. The statue is very old, and most of it is still in the ground. It will take excavators some time to extract it, said Mohamed Abel Azia, Egypt's Director General of Antiquities.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Jamestown: First English Colony in America
Explorers had been landing in America for some time before English settlers arrived in what is now Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607. But it was in that spot on the James River that English colonization began and with it, the history of America.

The Pilgrims: Voyage to Freedom
Follow the Pilgrims as they sail across the Atlantic Ocean, from England to America, in search of religious freedom. See who they meet when they land in New England. Find out about the first Thanksgiving.

The 13 American Colonies
This fun, illustrated article describes the 13 American Colonies in detail, from economics to religion to agriculture to revolution. Also includes a clickable map with links to individual descriptions of each colony and a list of the first European settlements in North America. Outstanding resource!

The French and Indian War
This easy-to-read, illustrated article describes the struggle between France and England over territory in North America. Find out what part a young George Washington played in this war. Also includes a timeline of the war. This article fills in the gap between colonial development and revolutionary war.

Triangular Trade
This was the economic cycle of goods that sailed in a triangular pattern between England, Africa, and America and back again. Major commodities included timber, rum, sugar, silk, and (of course) slaves. Find out more about this early period of American economic history.

 

BASIC ECONOMICS

Want vs. Need: Basic Economics
A want is something you could have, and a need is something you have to have. Sounds simple, right? Sometimes, it's not that easy. Read this article, and you'll understand more about wants and needs.

Supply and Demand: Basic Economics
Supply and Demand are two of the most basic concepts in economics. This fun, illustrated article explains these terms in words you can easily understand.

Basic Economics: Scarcity and Choices
Scarcity is how little of something is available. It forces us to make choices, like how much of something to buy or how much money to spend on something. Scarcity is one of the most basic concepts of economics. Find out more in this easy-to-understand article.

Basic Economics: Goods and Services
What's the difference between the two? Find out in this fun, illustrated article.

IN DAYS GONE BY

The 19th Amendment

It might sound hard to believe, but women in America have been voting for only 90 years. That's right. Only since 1920 have women been allowed to vote. The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution gave women the right to vote. Why did this happen? Isn't America the land where "all men are created equal"? Well, yes and no. Since men have run the country and were in charge of passing the laws since our country began, they believed that women's place was in the home, not in politics. This belief extended to voting. The men who made the laws believed that their wives and daughters and mothers weren't informed enough about the men running for office to decide for themselves whom to vote for. So, women couldn't vote.




Significant Sevens are the highest, the lowest, the deepest, the farthest, the oldest, the youngest, and a host of other lists in economics, geography, history, and much more.


Cultural Icons are the instantly recognizable monuments, landforms, buildings, and many other kinds of landmarks that define a people, place, or culture.

 

 

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