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Bronze Age timeline: 4000-2000 BC

By |2019-02-24T07:17:10-07:00September 10th, 2017|Central Asia, History|

A Bronze Age clay pot with a drawing of a wheeled cart from what is now Poland, about 3500 BC Cities, kings and empires Around 4000 BC, there were enough people in West Asia, Egypt, China, and Peru for them to live in small cities (about 10,000-50,000 people). These places began to choose kings to govern them. Then they formed the [...]

Who were the Aztec? Central American history

By |2019-03-04T12:08:30-07:00September 8th, 2017|Central America, Where|

Aztec brazier (about 1300 AD) Mexica people move to Mexico Beginning in the 1100s AD, the Medieval Warm Period seems to have made it too hard to live where the Mexica were in North America. So the Mexica people moved south to what is now Mexico. The Mexica were relatives of the Shoshone and Ute people who lived in the Rocky [...]

Joseph and Egypt – Bible stories

By |2017-10-09T17:15:42-07:00August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Joseph dreams and gets put in the well, then talks to Pharaoh (Egypt, 500s AD, cloth) According to the Bible, Isaac was the son of Abraham and Sarah. Isaac married Rebecca. And they had two sons, Jacob and Esau (EE-sow). And Jacob married two women (this was allowed then), Rachel and Leah, who were sisters. Jacob [...]

Abraham and the Jews – Bible stories

By |2019-01-16T18:15:48-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Abraham and Isaac (Egypt, 300s AD) The Jews leave Mesopotamia Shortly after the episode with the Tower of Babel, the Bible tells us that some of the Jews decided to leave Mesopotamia where the Sumerians were, and travel further west towards Canaan and modern Israel. What's the Tower of Babel? More about the Jews All our West Asia articles [...]

Nara period – Early medieval Japan

By |2018-04-18T09:53:55-07:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|

Model of the Empress Genmei's imperial audience hall at Heijo, Nara Empress Genmei moved the capital of Japan to the new planned city of Nara in 710 AD. She wanted the move to help get more power into her own hands and out of the hands of other powerful Japanese families. Genmei succeeded in stopping [...]

Who were the Harappans? History of India

By |2018-11-23T12:45:43-07:00July 20th, 2017|History, India|

Harappan Seal Who were the Harappans? Around 4500 BC, some new people from West Asia moved into the Indus Valley and mixed with the Mehrgahr people who were already there. They brought some West Asian foods with them: lentils, and then later chickpeas. They also brought flax, to make linen clothing, and safflowers for their oil. And they brought, [...]

Bronze Age in northern Europe

By |2019-02-24T11:31:42-07:00June 27th, 2017|History, Northern Europe, Where|

Bell beakers (ca. 2000 BC) The Yamnaya invade Europe About 3000 BC, a new wave of Central Asian people migrated west into northern Europe; these were the Indo-Europeans. We  also call them the Yamnaya. More about the Yamnaya The Stone Age in Northern Europe All our Northern Europe articles New stuff from Central [...]

Global warming in modern times

By |2017-06-20T01:27:44-07:00June 20th, 2017|Environment, Science|

Coal plant in China Human activities probably started to affect the world's climate as early as about 10,000 BC. That's when people started farming and cut down a whole lot of trees to create their fields. Trees take in carbon dioxide and convert it to oxygen. So without them, carbon dioxide levels rose, [...]

Climate change and the Philistines

By |2019-04-10T09:19:07-07:00June 20th, 2017|Africa, Environment, West Asia|

Did climate change cause a Bronze Age crisis? Tomb stela of Nemti-ui, from the First Intermediate Period. The stele's only painted, not carved, because people couldn't afford carving after the climate change collapse. But even as people created the world's first cities and governments, the world continued to get warmer. This may have [...]

When was the First Intermediate Period? – Ancient Egypt

By |2018-05-08T15:35:00-07:00June 14th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Environment, History|

First Intermediate Period: a time of climate crisis? A Nilometer on Elephantine Island (Nile Valley Tours) - This ancient Egyptian device measured how high the Nile floods were each year. The Old Kingdom collapses The end of the Old Kingdom, around 2100 BC, seems to have been caused by a major climate change.  [...]