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2 10, 2017

Medieval African clothing – more and more cotton

By |2019-08-21T09:33:48-07:00October 2nd, 2017|Africa|2 Comments

Cotton cloth made in Gujarat, India andfound in Fustat (Cairo, Egypt) - ca. 800 AD(Now in Oxford, England) People first began to weave cotton in India, also around 2000 BC, but cotton weaving soon spread to Egypt, and all down the east side of Africa. By the 400s AD, the people of Meroe and Kush were growing and weaving cotton for their clothes. Before 800 AD, [...]

7 09, 2017

History of gold and gold mining

By |2019-07-08T15:52:19-07:00September 7th, 2017|Economy|0 Comments

History of gold - a bust of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamon When did people first use gold? People have been using gold to make jewelry since the Stone Age. You can find it just lying in little lumps in streams here and there. And gold is always pretty and yellow, even when it is just lying [...]

23 08, 2017

King David and Israel – Bible stories

By |2019-10-08T05:51:35-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

The future King David uses his sling to throw a stone at Goliath, helped by angels. From the Bristol Psalter, written in the 1000s AD in Constantinople. When did King David live? After they got free from the Philistines, the Jews were independent again for a while. This is the time of the story [...]

23 07, 2017

Early Arabia – Arabian peninsula

By |2018-04-23T15:27:01-07:00July 23rd, 2017|History, Islam|0 Comments

Ibex hunt from Yemen, 0-300 AD People probably first arrived in the Arabian peninsula about 60,000 BC,, crossing over the Sinai from Egypt or going all around the coast in their small boats. Some went on to Iran and India, but others settled down in the Arabian peninsula. Mostly they gathered seaweed and seafood, and fished from their boats. By about 2500 BC, Arabian traders were selling [...]

20 07, 2017

Indian games: ancient India

By |2019-09-17T11:36:24-07:00July 20th, 2017|India|2 Comments

Indian games: A die found in excavations at a Harappan period site. Note that the six is not opposite the one. The first games in India People brought the idea of throwing the knucklebones of sheep or pigs to tell the future, or to play a game of skill like jacks, when they first came from Africa to India about 40,000 BC. [...]

20 07, 2017

Indian Animals: ancient and medieval India

By |2019-09-13T06:10:27-07:00July 20th, 2017|Environment, History, India|0 Comments

Indian animals: A white cow Cows and bulls Cattle were probably the most important animals in India for people. They came to India originally from Central Asia. Indian people did not eat cows, because Hindus thought of cows as sacred. But people used cows to pull carts, and for plowing fields, and also used [...]

20 07, 2017

Early Indian economy

By |2019-09-15T07:37:27-07:00July 20th, 2017|India|23 Comments

Ancient India trade: Indian herbal medicines What did most people do for work? Most people in ancient India were farmers. That's the same as in other parts of Asia and Europe at this time. In India, farmers mainly grew wheat and rice. They grew cotton for cloth. They grew opium for medicine too. More about opium History of wheat Where did rice come [...]

23 06, 2017

Where does squash come from? Central America

By |2018-04-20T00:09:03-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Central America, Food|0 Comments

Squash history: Pumpkins growing Where is squash from? Squash is the fruit of a vine plant that grows wild in Central America. Squash probably evolved around the same time as the other flowering plants, about 350 million years ago. It's related to cucumbers, melons and gourds that grew in Africa, Europe, and Asia. [...]

23 06, 2017

Salt caravans in Africa and China

By |2018-04-10T00:13:56-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Africa, Economy, Food|0 Comments

A salt caravan across the Sahara Desert By 252 BC, a Chinese governor named Li Bing also figured out how to mine salt. People dug deep pits down to where there were natural underground salt water pools, and forced the salty water out through bamboo pipes. People in China generally didn't sprinkle salt [...]

20 06, 2017

Farming and famine – Climate change

By |2019-04-09T19:16:10-07:00June 20th, 2017|Environment|0 Comments

Climate change: Hunters, bison and aurochs Cave painting from Lascaux, ca. 15,000 BC Climate change and human evolution Climate change encouraged the evolution of the first humans, who probably evolved in Africa as the climate got drier and grasslands replaced jungles. Human evolution Early primates African environment All our Africa articles People came [...]