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Vedic India – history of India

By |2018-04-23T14:45:28+00:00July 20th, 2017|History, India|

Vedic India: A horse-drawn chariot from the Oxus Treasure (British Museum, thanks to Mary Harrsch) About 1500 BC, a new group of people seem to have come to India from the north-west: this time, they were the Yamnaya. The Yamnaya came from Central Asia, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. We also call these people [...]

War and battle in ancient Egypt

By |2018-06-15T16:35:24+00:00June 19th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, War|

Victims of civil war in ancient Egypt. They're bound with ropes and have their heads cut off and placed between their legs. (from the Narmer palette, about 3000 BC) Civil wars in ancient Egypt Because it is surrounded by deserts like the Land of Oz, Egypt is pretty hard to invade. So a [...]

Shang Dynasty China – The first dynasty of ancient China

By |2018-05-11T23:14:16+00:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|

Shang Dynasty China: Late Shang bronze pitcher from Henan, about 1100 BC, with inscription (Musee Guimet, Paris) China enters the Bronze Age Around 2000 BC, people in China learned how to make bronze out of tin and copper, so we call this the Bronze Age. About the same time, people in China also [...]

Sogdians – History of Central Asia

By |2017-05-31T16:56:34+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

A horse-drawn chariot from the Oxus Treasure (British Museum, thanks to Mary Harrsch) The Sogdians came to Sogdiana (parts of modern Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) probably about 1500 BC. They were part of the wave of Indo-European migration to the south-east. Many people left Georgia and Armenia about that time and moved to Iran and northern [...]