Ow! I knew I should have upgraded my vision before coming to Egypt to explore the magical pyramids. I've hardly been able to read any of the ancient hieroglyphs. I'll just have to download what I see, and process it once I'm back at Knowbots HQ. Luckily I can still enjoy this huge statue of The Great Sphinx of Giza. It's a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human, and was created around 2500 BC! Guess I can't complain about being old anymore... I’m learning a lot about what life was like in ancient Egypt, which is helping me understand the country’s history a little better. History is an incredibly important concept – and I’m here to tell you why!
History is the study of everything that’s happened in the past. From dinosaurs and human evolution to looking at how the natural environment, literature, and language have changed over time, history covers all kinds of interesting things. In fact, you could say that your own story from birth to now is a part of history!
As you can probably tell, there are lots of different areas of history. Some historians (the people who study history) focus on particular time periods, like the Middle Ages or the Renaissance. Others look at specific types of history, like art history, film history, food history, American history, or natural and environmental history.
Studying history is very valuable, as it can tell us a lot about how things were, how they have affected the world today, and how the future might look. We can learn a lot from past events and take lessons from mistakes made in history so that they don’t happen again in the future. Plus, it’s very fun to discover how different the past was – for example, did you know that 50 years ago, no one owned mobile phones? And in ancient times – like in Egypt – people transported themselves and other items using horses and donkeys? There certainly weren’t any big trucks to carry stuff around! Even further back in history – I’m talking 300 million years ago – the Earth was populated by dinosaurs, not humans like you!
History can be studied in a number of ways. Historians might read other history books to get information. This is considered a secondary source. They may also look at ancient artefacts, like this scroll I’m reading. Or, they might interview people who experienced historical events. These are called primary sources. When it comes to plants and animals, fossils can tell us a lot about how the natural world has changed over time.
Oh, I’d really love to know more about the history of us Knowbots! I wonder if I can find any ancient Knowbot artefacts around here… maybe I’ll go make another cup of tea and have a think about where I can start looking. Take care, kids!
Hieroglyphs - ancient symbols commonly found in Egypt that were used to describe words and sounds.
BC - stands for ‘before Christ’ and is a commonly used way of expressing dates. It means that something occurred before the birth of Jesus Christ.
Middle Ages - a time in European history that lasted from the year 476 to the year 1453.
Renaissance - a time in European history that lasted from around the year 1300 to the year 1600. During this time, there was a lot of social change and more interest in art, learning and books.
Artefact - a historical object, usually something made by a person.
Fossil - the preserved remains or impression of an animal or plant that died thousands or millions of years ago. Find out more about fossils here.
1. In the 1830s, tomato sauce was sold as indigestion medicine. It didn’t become a popular food until the late 19th century.
2. The 1986 anglo-zanzibar war was the shortest in history – it only lasted 38 minutes.
3. Birds are the only living relatives of dinosaurs.
1. What year was the Great Sphinx of Giza built?
2. What is the name given to someone who studies history?
3. Name three types of history that someone can study.
4. Is a history book a primary or secondary source?
5. Is an interview with someone who experienced an event a primary or secondary source?
Increase your knowledge by completing these activities.