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Roman food – rich and poor

By | 2017-10-13T15:30:35+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Food, Romans|

Roti bread made with millet Although the first people who came to the Mediterranean were probably following along the coast, and ate mainly fish, shellfish, seaweed, and wild figs, by the time the Roman Republic got started, there were far too many people in the Mediterranean to be able to live entirely from the ocean, and although people kept [...]

Bronze Age in northern Europe

By | 2017-10-14T14:46:35+00:00 June 27th, 2017|History, Northern Europe, Where|

Bell beakers (ca. 2000 BC) About 3000 BC, a new wave of Central Asian people migrated west into northern Europe; these were the Indo-Europeans, also called the Yamnaya. The Indo-Europeans brought with them new inventions, including woven plaid fabric, and their Celtic language (the ancestor of modern Welsh, Irish, and Breton). They also [...]

Where do oats come from? West Asia

By | 2017-06-22T13:51:45+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Food, West Asia|

Oats growing in a field Like wheat and barley and millet, oats grow wild all around West Asia. Probably early gatherers picked oats and ate them. But when people first started farming wheat and barley, about 12,000 BC, they didn't like oats as much. They thought of oats as a nuisancey weed that [...]