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Before 10,000 BC – World history timeline

By |2018-04-25T23:04:13+00:00September 10th, 2017|Africa, History|

Sibidu Cave, South Africa. People lived here from about 77,000 BC until about 38,000 years ago. In the early years of human history, beginning with the earliest humans about two million years ago, every place in the world was in the Stone Age, and all the people in the world got their food by hunting and gathering. For a [...]

What is flint good for? Stone tools

By |2018-09-06T06:55:52+00:00September 5th, 2017|Africa, Prehistory, Science|

What is flint? Flint is a sedimentary rock made out of an igneous rock. What is flint made of? It's pretty complicated. Billions of years ago, silicon and oxygen atoms shot out of a star when it went supernova. What is a supernova? About four billion years ago, some of those atoms came [...]

Stone Age Japan – Japanese history

By |2018-04-23T15:31:47+00:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|

Jomon carving of a killer whale, ca. 3000 BC The first people in Japan People probably first reached Japan from two directions around the same time. Some people came north from Southeast Asia or Australia, in boats along the coast. These people were descended from the first people who left Africa about 70,000 BC, and [...]

Ancient Economy – Simple economic history

By |2018-04-19T11:10:59+00:00June 12th, 2017|Economy|

Ancient economy: a bone sickle - the flint teeth are missing now Trade or self-sufficiency? Even today experts don't really understand how economics works. Historians also disagree about how economics worked in antiquity and in the middle ages. Some historians think that long ago most people were self-sufficient. They ate and wore mostly [...]

Who invented sewing? History of clothing

By |2018-04-18T21:28:32+00:00June 8th, 2017|Central Asia, Clothing|

Sewing history: A Neanderthal stone awl Clothes before sewing When people first started to wear clothing, about 60,000 years ago, they didn't sew it at all: they just wrapped leather or furs around themselves. Probably they soon began to tie their clothes on with string or leather cords. People continued to wrap their [...]

Stone Tools in early Africa – African technology

By |2018-04-09T10:30:07+00:00May 19th, 2017|Africa, Economy, Science|

Early basalt choppers from Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania) The first stone tools Chimpanzees use stones to hammer on nuts and break them open, and they collect stones to throw at enemies. About 3.3 million years ago, long before modern people evolved with their big brains, and before people began to use fire, early people [...]