Category Archives: Medieval

Smarthistory: Khan Academy for Social Studies

Great Mosque at Damascus by G. Lewis, courtesy of Smarthistory & Flickr

Great Mosque at Damascus by G. Lewis, courtesy of Smarthistory & Flickr

Khan Academy is popular in math for its brief lectures and interactive modules. However, you can also use it in the Social Studies. Check out Smarthistory, a free multimedia platform for student and teacher of history, archaeology, museum curation, and art history.

It includes an interactive timeline, in-depth yet easy to understand articles, vibrant images, and videos about topics throughout history and around the globe. Check out “Teach with Smarthistory” for ideas on how to incorporate it into your classroom. If you are a historian, archaeologist, museum curator, or otherwise involved in the social science consider contributing an article or multimedia content. Additionally, Smarthistory contributes videos to Google Art Project.

Half of Medieval Graves Reopened

In a ghoulishly Halloween appropriate post, MSNBC reports that approximately 40% of Medieval graves were disturbed after burial. This is not the standard ‘grave-robbing’ report, rather, mortuary analysts argue that traditional looting was not the objective of these individuals. Rather, they may have had a myriad of objectives: relieving the dead of suffering, retrieving heirlooms, political propaganda, and more.

“Some researchers say in early medieval periods the cemetery may have been a place to play¬†power¬†games, to display the dead with very rich grave goods. It may have been an important factor when families or clans are competing with each other,” Aspock said.

To read more about this theory, see the article in MSNBC.