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Iron Age economy in West Asia – the Phoenicians

By |2018-04-25T23:34:29+00:00September 12th, 2017|Economy, West Asia|

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 [...]

Yayoi – Iron Age Japan

By |2018-04-18T09:53:57+00:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|

Yayoi pottery, ca. 100-200 AD By about 800 BC, most people in Japan were shifting from Stone Age hunting and gathering to farming rice for most of their food (but they were still also eating a lot of fish). People in Japan started raising pigs at this time, too, brought over from China. Like farmers everywhere, people in Japan started to fight over land, and [...]

Ancient Greek Architecture

By |2018-04-22T10:22:27+00:00July 1st, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

Bronze Age palace in Knossos, Crete The earliest buildings people built in Greece, in the New Stone Age, are small houses or huts, and wooden walls around them for protection. Later there are bigger houses, and stone walls around the villages. By the Early Bronze Age, we find one bigger house in the [...]

Iron Age in northern Europe

By |2017-06-27T02:13:51+00:00June 27th, 2017|History, Northern Europe|

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) About 1000 BC, Greek and Phoenician colonists were settling all around the Mediterranean Sea, and bringing more and more West Asian and Greek culture to Northern Europe. Northern [...]

Iron Age buildings of northern Europe

By |2017-06-26T03:19:15+00:00June 26th, 2017|Architecture, Northern Europe|

Roman bath building in Trier, in southern Germany, about 300 AD By the time of the Roman Empire, about 1 AD, many people in Northern Europe were living under Roman rule, and their buildings began to look more and more like Roman buildings from other parts of the Roman Empire. At Trier, for [...]

When did people start to ride horses?

By |2018-04-19T14:24:19+00:00June 20th, 2017|Central Asia|

Riding horses: Assyrian archer on horseback, ca. 650 BC Near the beginning of the Iron Age, about 800 BC, people in Central Asia began riding horses more instead of just having them pull wagons. Once some people were riding horses, everybody wanted to do it. On horseback, you could go much faster than anybody [...]

Scythian clothing – Central Asian clothing history

By |2018-11-07T10:24:56+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Clothing|

Plaid wool fabric from about 1000 BC, from western China It's cold in Central Asia Central Asia is pretty far north, so it's pretty cold there. More about Central Asian weather All our Central Asia articles Clothes were really important to keep you from freezing to death. So people worked hard to get [...]