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3 10, 2017

Ships and sailing in ancient Africa – early boats

By |2019-08-21T09:31:01-07:00October 3rd, 2017|Africa|2 Comments

Early boats: A person in a boat (Barramiya, Upper Egypt, ca. 4000 BC) Early boats: When did people invent boats? African sailing has a long history. People were probably using boats before the first people left Africa. At Blombos Cave in South Africa, people were fishing about 70,000 BC. African science and inventions History of [...]

28 09, 2017

Early Native American Economy – farming and trade

By |2019-08-22T23:50:12-07:00September 28th, 2017|Native American|0 Comments

Native American economy: Pomo people fishing (California, 1816) Fishing and gathering food When people first came to North America, maybe about 15,000 BC, they were probably mostly following the fish along the coast, and fishing is what they spent most of their time doing. History of fishing First people in the Americas Lots more Native [...]

15 09, 2017

Mining and miners in ancient West Asia

By |2019-09-04T07:31:03-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Skeleton of a salt miner from Sassanid Iran Mining was a dangerous job. So most people in the ancient world didn't want to do it. This is the skeleton of a young salt miner. Very likely the miner was enslaved, so he didn't have any choice about working in the salt mine. He [...]

15 09, 2017

Inheritance in West Asia – Mesopotamia and Iran

By |2019-09-19T06:00:57-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Inheritance: an Akkadian will (in the Louvre museum, Paris) A will written in cuneiform This is the will of a man named Baal-Karad from Syria, who lived about 1300 BC, in the time of the New Kingdom in Egypt and the Trojan War in Greece. The scribe wrote Baal-Karad's will in cuneiform letters on a clay tablet. Who were the Assyrians? [...]

12 09, 2017

Sassanians and the Silk Road – West Asian economy

By |2019-09-05T05:42:08-07:00September 12th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Coin of the Sassanian king Hormizd V (ca. 593 AD?) The most important part of the Sassanian economy, as in all other states in Late Antiquity, was farming - most people still were farmers, growing mainly wheat and barley. But most farmers didn't eat the food they grew. They sold their wheat or barley to a mill and used the money [...]

12 09, 2017

Iron Age economy in West Asia – the Phoenicians

By |2019-09-25T18:42:37-07:00September 12th, 2017|West Asia|2 Comments

Iron Age economy: Phoenician glass - a face pendant of an African man. 400-200 BC Traders in the Mediterranean The rise of the Assyrian empire (in modern Iraq) and of the Phoenicians (in modern Lebanon) about 900 BC created a new economic boom in West Asia. The Phoenicians traded all over the Mediterranean Sea in ships, and established trading posts [...]

12 09, 2017

West Asian economy – Mesopotamia and Iran

By |2019-09-05T05:42:23-07:00September 12th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Obsidian tools West Asia is located in the middle of the very wide land mass we call Europe and Asia and Africa, and so it has always played an important part in moving things from east to west and from west to east. Beginning as early as the Stone Age, about 7000 BC, people in West [...]

12 09, 2017

Dark Age economy in West Asia

By |2019-09-05T05:42:30-07:00September 12th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Dark Age economy: The temple of Goliath's town, Gath - apparently founded by the Philistines, when they fled the economic problems at home and arrived in Israel around 1100 BC The end of the Bronze Age The political collapse around 1200 BC in West Asia may have been related to an economic collapse about the same time. Hittites/Bronze Age [...]

12 09, 2017

West Asian economy – the Bronze Age

By |2019-09-05T05:42:40-07:00September 12th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

West Asian economy: Bronze Age tin ingots from a shipwreck near Haifa Trading for tin When people first began to use bronze, about 3000 BC, they had to trade a lot more than they had before, because they needed tin to make the bronze. You don't find tin just anywhere. What is bronze? Bronze Age timeline All [...]

11 09, 2017

West Asian economy – Safavids and Ottomans

By |2019-09-05T06:36:50-07:00September 11th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

A man making paper West Asia entered the 1500s AD in a very powerful position in world trade. Iran, together with the Central Asian state of Uzbekistan and the Mughal Empire, dominated the Silk Road, and the Silk Road was at the center of world trade. Small factories with hundreds of employees - slave or free - made high-quality steel, knotted wool carpets, paper, glass dishes and silver vases, and [...]