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Ten commandments of Moses – History of the Jewish religion

By |2018-04-24T23:11:54+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Moses receiving the Ten Commandments, from a Jewish prayer book written in medieval Germany, about 1290 AD (now in the Saxon State Library) God gave the commandments to Moses The Bible says that while the Jews were wandering in the desert between Egypt and Israel, Moses received a message from God telling him to go up to the top of [...]

History of farming – the beginning of agriculture

By |2018-04-19T15:03:04+00:00June 12th, 2017|Economy, West Asia|

History of farming: A field of wheat When did people start farming? People did not farm as a major way of getting food until around 12,000 BC. About that time, there was a climate change that made more food plants grow than before. Everybody got more to eat with less work than earlier [...]

Spinning rope and fishing nets

By |2018-04-18T22:44:15+00:00June 8th, 2017|Central Asia, Clothing|

Spinning fishing nets: a Roman mosaic of a fishing net, Hippo Regius, Algeria (200s AD) Hand spinning All of the cloth used in the ancient world was made with thread produced by hand spinning very slowly. There are different methods: the spinning whorl can be at the top of the spindle or at the [...]