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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

From Siam to Thailand

By | 2017-10-25T11:29:59+00:00 October 24th, 2017|History|

Like its neighbor Burma, Thailand was more influenced by India than by China. People in Thailand were probably becoming Buddhists by the 200s BC, in the time of the Mauryan Empire in India. On the Silk Road, Thailand sold spices and beeswax. Kingdom of Funan Starting in the late 500s AD, the Kingdom of Funan [...]

History of Burma

By | 2017-10-24T23:12:00+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|History|

People (and their dogs) probably reached Burma coming along the coast from India, about 47,000 BC, but there's no evidence of them until about 11,000 BC. Soon after that, Burma entered the Neolithic, or Late Stone Age. They started to farm and to keep domesticated animals some time after 10,000 BC. Then around 1500 BC, [...]

History of Cambodia

By | 2017-10-23T12:35:25+00:00 October 18th, 2017|History|

Coming from India along the coast, the first people probably got to Cambodia around 45,000 BC. They Funan With the rise of the Silk Road sea trade, India's traders sold things to people in Cambodia and nearby Vietnam, and the people of Cambodia picked up a lot of Indian culture. For one thing, many of [...]

History of Vietnam

By | 2017-10-23T00:01:41+00:00 October 15th, 2017|History, Southeast Asia|

Early Vietnam The first people, with their dogs and baskets, probably reached Vietnam around 45,000 BC, coming along the coast from Africa to India and then Southeast Asia. These first settlers lived mostly by fishing, probably from small boats. And they collected seaweed, mussels, clams and shrimp along the shore. Their central location, with great access [...]

Early African warfare – mercenaries and catapults

By | 2017-10-03T11:53:07+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Africa, War|

Nubian archers in the Middle Kingdom (from the Nubian museum in Aswan, Egypt) Early African soldiers, like the soldiers of Europe and West Asia and India, were generally men. These African soldiers also generally fought with the same weapons as in Asia and Europe - spears, leather shields, and bows and arrows. Nubian archers from Sudan were so good at killing people that Egyptian pharaohs hired [...]

Science in Islamic Africa

By | 2017-10-14T14:23:56+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Africa, Science|

The walls of Timbuktu, in Mali, West Africa In the 700s AD, the Islamic Empire conquered North Africa and began to trade a lot with East Africa. Islamic government did not allow women to work in science or medicine. But there were a lot of men in North Africa and East Africa, and in the area around Timbuktu, who worked as scientists and [...]

African map project – al Idrisi and Ptolemy’s maps

By | 2017-10-03T11:17:30+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Africa, Science|

Al-Idrisi's map of the world (1100s AD) Check out this copy of al-Idrisi's map of the world, created in the 1100s AD. Can you find the Black Sea? The Caspian Sea? The Mediterranean Sea? Where is China on this map? Where is Spain? A copy of Ptolemy's map of the world How is al-Idrisi's map different from Ptolemy's map of [...]