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General Web Sites

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook
The Internet History Sourcebooks are wonderful collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts for educational use by Paul Halsall. The site and its documents are well organized and the breadth of materials is impressive.

Internet Global History Sourcebook
The Global History Sourcebook is dedicated to exploration of interaction between world cultures. It does not, then, look “world history” as the history of the various separate cultures (for that see the linked pages, which do take that approach), but at ways in which the “world” has a history in its own right. Specifically this means looking at: The ways in which cultures contact each other, The ways they influence each other, The ways new cultural forms emerge.

Exploring Ancient World Cultures (Evansville U.)
An on-line course supplement for students and teachers of the ancient and medieval worlds. Chapters are built around eight “cultures”: Near East, India, Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, Early Islam, and Medieval European. Contains a chronology, essays, images, and links to related sites. Glossary is linked to Argos project.

Tradition and Memory: World Cultures to 1500
A terrific overview of Ancient and Medieval History can be found at this online course, based at Washington State University. It offers clear and informative lecture notes, maps, a photo gallery, timelines, links to relevant sites, and more.

BBC: Civilisations
This Flash-generated BBC site allows users to examine key events in the development of any given ideology or religion and its diffusion across the world. It uses web technology to reveal the sweep of historical forces and the rise and fall of great empires and ideas over 5000 years and is customizable. You will need the Flash 6 player to use Civilisations.

Abzu: Ancient Near East Internet Resources
Provides on-line exhibits, links, and access to electronic journals

The Archeological Adventure
This site shows how researchers find ancient ruins. Included are guided tours, a glossary of terms, interactive forums, and articles (with an audio component). Feature topics include Troy and Egypt.

Antiquity Online
A 30-chapter world history that compares ancient religions, empires, cultures, and the like. Has links, photos, and good maps.

Collection: Collapse of Ancient Civilizations
Part of the Annenberg/CPB exhibits, this site focuses on the fall of ancient civilizations in four areas: Maya, Mesopotamia, Chaco Canyon (southwest U.S.), and Mali and Songhai. Nice images and interesting presentation.

Mr. Donn’s Ancient History Page
A rich resource on teaching ancient history from a sixth-grade teacher. Has lessons, maps, links, tests, and games.

Diotima: Women & Gender in the Ancient World
Offers course materials, essays, a bibliography, images and good links to related sites. Also has a search feature and a section of biblical studies.

Secrets of Lost Empires (PBS)
Revolves around the question of how man built inspiring structures, such as at Stonehenge, ancient Rome, and Inca Mexico. Few pictures but the Q&A discussions with experts are interesting

Historical Collections – Antiqua Medicina: From Homer to Vesalius
An interesting presentation on ancient medicine

Turning the Pages
Turning the Pages is an award-winning interactive display system developed by The British Library to increase public access and enjoyment of some of its most valuable treasures. Visitors are able to virtually “turn” the pages of manuscripts in an incredibly realistic way, using touch-screen technology and animation. There are currently fifteen treasures on display in Turning the Pages including the Leonardo Notebook, the Golden Haggadah, and Sultan Baybars’ Qur’an.

Cleopatra: A Multimedia Guide to the Ancient World
Cleopatra is an interactive guide to the Ancient Art collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. “Stories” accompany the objects and there are lesson plans for grades 4-12.

Mr Dowling’s Electronic Passport
Mr. Dowling’s Electronic Passport helps kids browse the world in his virtual classroom. He introduces you to many civilizations with clear explanations, engaging graphics for kids, and “cool links”. His study guides, homework assignments, and exams are free and available for you to print or to edit.

World Mysteries 
Explore lost civilizations, ancient ruins, sacred writings, unexplained artifacts, and science mysteries. Introduced are “alternative theories”, subject experts, books, and resources on the Internet. is a non-profit web site.

History of Money from Ancient Times to the Present Day 
This award-winning site is based on a book with the same title and contains a chronology and a collection of essays on various themes regarding monetary history. Of special interest is the detailed chronology of money in its social and political context from the very earliest times onwards. The sources at this site are also useful in trying to determine how much a specified amount of money at a certain period of time would be worth today. There are also helpful essays, such as Origins of Money and Banking, Money in North American History, The Vikings and Money in England, Democracy and Government Control of the Money Supply, Third World Money and Debt in the Twentieth Century, Warfare and Financial History, and Britain and Monetary Union. Finally, there are links to related resources and even links to “financial thrillers.”

Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides, Activities, and more

World Civilizations: The Global Experience — Lesson Plans
Focus Lessons for World Civilizations highlight important ideas and concepts in each chapter, as well as the relevant sections in the program’s ancillaries. The Focus Lessons, written by an experienced AP teacher, suggest strategies for assessing how well your students understand the important points in each chapter, and also provide test-taking tips that will help your students prepare for and take the AP World History test successfully.

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Don Donn of the Corkran (Maryland) Middle School provides a complete unit with daily lesson plans and unit test for sixth graders. There are also links to multiple K12 lesson plans and activities.

BBC History Games: Dig Deeper Quiz
Test your knowledge of ancient history and archaeology and complete a section of jigsaws.

BBC History: Ages of Treasure Timelines
From the Palaeolithic to the Norman Conquest, explore British archaeological sites and treasures from the past, then test yourself on the eras and events in the Ages of Treasure game.

Treasures of the Sunken City
This online PBS game involves students in identifying the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Prentice Hall Web Site Study Guides 
A series of websites created by Pearson/Prentice Hall to support the The Heritage of World Civilizations and Human Development series of texts.