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What is cholera? History of disease and medicine

By |2017-09-06T17:31:15+00:00September 6th, 2017|Biology, Science|

Washing clothes in the river (India) Cholera (KOLL-uh-rah) is a very serious sickness. It probably first got started in India. People in India were dying of cholera by the time of Chandragupta, about 300 BC, and maybe earlier. Cholera epidemics in India usually got started during monsoons. During the monsoon, warm rain fell and raised the water [...]

Ships and sailing in ancient India

By |2017-07-22T06:20:41+00:00July 22nd, 2017|India, Science|

Indus River boat (ca. 2500 BC) The first people to come to India from Africa, about 50,000 BC, may have come in boats, following schools of fish along the coasts around the Arabian Peninsula. Certainly people in India were using not only boats but sails in the Stone Age, by 3000 BC. These early boats may have been made out [...]

Mehrgahr – Stone Age India

By |2018-11-05T18:44:18+00:00July 20th, 2017|History, India|

Clay figurines from Mehrgahr First people in India The first people reached India from Africa around 40,000 BC. There were probably still Neanderthals and Denisovans further north, but not in India. At first Indian people probably got most of their food from fishing and gathering shellfish, like other people around the world at this time. People leave Africa Early [...]

Ancient Indian environment

By |2017-07-20T06:36:52+00:00July 20th, 2017|Environment, India|

Indian Monsoon In much of India, there was only one big weather event every year, and that was the monsoon. Most of the year, it was very dry and sunny in India. Everything got hot and dusty and brown. But around May, clouds would start to gather, and it would get very muggy and heavy-feeling, and everybody would feel [...]