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10 08, 2017

Chinook clothing – What did Chinook people wear?

By |2019-04-11T05:03:41-07:00August 10th, 2017|History|0 Comments

Chinook head-shaping board (1860) What did Chinook people make clothes out of? Around 1500 AD, Chinook people, both men and women, wore leather leggings and long leather shirts. Women's shirts were longer than men's, and their sleeves were wider. In warm weather, people often wore less clothing, and in winter they often wrapped furs around them to [...]

2 08, 2017

Early Medieval Russia

By |2017-08-02T14:45:48-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

Ukrainian landscape In 500 BC, we might have called the people living in Russia Scythians. But then between about 300 and 800 AD, a lot of people passed through Russia. Most of them were moving from Central Asia towards Europe, from east to west. One after another, the Ostrogoths, the Avars, the Huns, and the Magyars all passed through Russia. But all [...]

2 08, 2017

Huns – Central Asian history

By |2019-09-05T05:29:43-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

A drawing of a plaque made by Huns Who were the Huns? The Huns probably came from western China, where they were known as the Xiong-nu. They were part of the group of Turkic people (some of whom later became the Ottomans) who gradually took over most of Asia and eastern Europe during the Middle Ages. Who were [...]

29 06, 2017

What are complex chiefdoms?

By |2018-04-23T10:13:18-07:00June 29th, 2017|Government|0 Comments

The Lion Gate, Mycenae (ca. 1500 BC) As we get on into the Middle Bronze Age (the century varies depending on where you are) villages just kept on getting bigger and bigger. After a while the villages were really towns and cities. Some places had thousands of people living in them. Now even [...]

27 06, 2017

Kriemhild’s Revenge – More Niebelungenleid

By |2017-06-27T17:01:48-07:00June 27th, 2017|Literature, Northern Europe|0 Comments

Kriemhild goes to marry Etzel of the Huns (1400s AD) Part II: Kriemhild's Revenge Well, naturally that wasn't the end of the story. A woman like Kriemhild wasn't just going to sit there, after Hagen killed her husband. After some time, King Etzel of the Huns (Attila the Hun) came and proposed marriage [...]

27 06, 2017

Hildebrandsleid – a tragic story

By |2019-08-14T10:10:59-07:00June 27th, 2017|Literature, Northern Europe|0 Comments

Pictish battle (Aberlemno, Scotland, ca. 700 AD) (not really the Hildebrandsleid) Who wrote this story? The story of Hildebrand is one of the earliest stories written in German. Nobody knows who wrote this story or exactly when, but we think somebody must have written this version about 700 AD. Early Middle Ages Medieval [...]

27 06, 2017

Where did the Visigoths come from?

By |2017-06-27T16:19:54-07:00June 27th, 2017|History, Northern Europe|0 Comments

Danube river The Visigoths, like other German peoples, were originally Indo-European. Their language, Gothic, was closely related to German. We first hear of them when they are living in Poland around 100 BC. Soon after that, some of them, along with their relatives the Ostrogoths, seem to have decided to migrate to the [...]

27 06, 2017

Where did the Ostrogoths come from?

By |2017-06-27T02:22:03-07:00June 27th, 2017|History, Northern Europe|0 Comments

Crimea, on the shores of the Black Sea The Ostrogoths, like the Visigoths, were originally Indo-European. We first hear of them when they are living in Poland around 100 BC. Soon after that, some of them, along with their relatives the Visigoths, seem to have decided to migrate to the south, very gradually [...]

27 06, 2017

Iron Age in northern Europe

By |2019-09-25T20:38:44-07:00June 27th, 2017|History, Northern Europe|0 Comments

Vix crater: a large bronze jar for mixing wine made in Greece and found in a rich woman's tomb in central France (ca. 500 BC) - Iron Age Europe Settlers arrive from other places About 1000 BC, Greek and Phoenician colonists were settling all around the Mediterranean Sea, and bringing more and more [...]

6 06, 2017

Western Han Dynasty – History of China

By |2019-09-27T05:34:03-07:00June 6th, 2017|China|14 Comments

Han Dynasty dancer (a clay figurine). Her long sleeves are part of the dance, and also show that she doesn't have to do any practical work. Gaozu starts the Han Dynasty When Gaozu (who was also called Liu Pang) started the Han Dynasty in 202 BC, he didn't really change that much from the [...]