Houghton Mifflin: World History: Ancient Civilizations
Research Links

Chapter 2: The Earliest Human Societies

The Internet offers a range of social studies resources, including Web sites of museums, government agencies, educational institutions, and the news media. Listed below are links to some outstanding ancient history Web sites. Use them to learn more about the themes, ideas, and events in the lessons and the Daily Life feature in this chapter.

Lesson 1: Hunters and Gatherers

Stone Age Habitats
A Pennsylvania State University site that covers the shelters and ways of life of prehistoric peoples. Includes many illustrations of early habitats.
Technology Throughout History: The Stone Age
A brief overview of tools used during the Stone Age that is part of the Introduction to Technology program of the Bergen County Technical Schools in New Jersey.

Lesson 2: Learning to Farm and Raise Animals

Emergence of Agriculture
A Washington State University site that covers all aspects of early agriculture, including technology.
“How Does Your Garden Grow?”
This Rice University School Science and Technology site discusses the history of agriculture, the development of towns and cities, and early farming techniques. A little text-heavy but written in an easy-to-understand conversational tone.

Lesson 3: The First Communities

The First Villages
A brief overview of the characteristics of an early complex village, concentrating on the ancient farming village of Catal Huyuk.
History of Food and Agriculture
Site from the Agropolis-Museum in France presents a step-by-step survey of the development of agriculture beginning about 10,000 years ago. http://museum.agropolis.fr/english/pages/expos/fresque/la_fresque.htm

Daily Life: Living in a Complex Village

Neolithic Çatalhöyük
A tour and discussion of the excavations at Catal Huyuk by the archaeological team working the site.
Mysteries of Çatalhöyük
An interactive exhibit on Catal Huyuk designed for students by the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Houghton Mifflin History–Social Science World History: Ancient Civilizations