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History of Hunting – Running, Nets, Bows

By |2018-04-19T11:11:13+00:00June 12th, 2017|Economy, Food|

Persistence hunting People have been hunting for a long, long time; the history of hunting is older than people. Even monkeys hunt meat with sticks. So men and women have been hunting since before they even became people. The oldest kind of hunting may be persistence hunting. You just keep chasing an animal until it is [...]

History of fishing – fishing nets, shellfish, boats

By |2018-11-27T08:18:00+00:00June 12th, 2017|Africa, Economy, Food|

When did people start fishing? History of fishing: Stone carving of a fish (San Francisco, ca. 7000 BC) People probably began fishing in Africa, very early on in human history. Neanderthals were fishing by about 200,000 BC. Modern humans were gathering shellfish at Blombos Cave in South Africa by about 100,000 BC. Early [...]

Spinning rope and fishing nets

By |2018-04-18T22:44:15+00:00June 8th, 2017|Central Asia, Clothing|

Spinning fishing nets: a Roman mosaic of a fishing net, Hippo Regius, Algeria (200s AD) Hand spinning All of the cloth used in the ancient world was made with thread produced by hand spinning very slowly. There are different methods: the spinning whorl can be at the top of the spindle or at the [...]

History of spinning – Hand spindles

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

Hand spindles with whorls Spinning has probably been around almost as long as people have. Every group of people known on earth at least knows how to pick some long grass or animal hair (or some of their own hair) and roll it back and forth along their leg or between their hands [...]