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Timeblazers: History and More Series

"Highly Recommended. Each episode provides an interesting, engaging history lesson packaged in a kid-friendly format. Viewers can discuss what we can learn from history. What lessons have historical events taught us? How have things we take for granted today evolved over the centuries? Viewers can have fun looking Click for more

39. Solving the Mystery of the Dark Ages

39. Solving the Mystery of the Dark Ages

Alex (Stephen Joffe) has to write a mystery for the school paper. Enter the Timeblazers, Jen (Heidi Leigh) and Sam (Mike Ackerman), who take him back in time to learn about one of history's great mysteries, the Dark Ages. Our heroes head back to about the year 700, in western Europe, and learn that this area didn't really have countries like we think of today, just little groups, such as the Franks, and Visigoths and Saxons, and the Vikings; also people didn't read or go to schools, that was a privilege left for monks or friars. While things were "dark" in this part of the world, things were better in other places. In ancient Baghdad, Mohammad Bin Musa Al Khawarazmi invented Algebra; people in the east also invented a qanat, which was an underwater channel system; they too invented hospitals. In Central America they learn that the Mayan civilization was advanced and invented the 365-day calendar. In 1450, Johannes Gutenburg invented the printing press and people everywhere were able to read, which finally ended the Dark Ages. 05/10DE/CC Closed-Captioned IJ 30 min.
Also See: The Middle Ages: Europe 1100-1450 A.D.

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