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Ancient China’s Economy – Ancient China Trade and Early Farming

By |2018-12-12T11:50:50+00:00June 6th, 2017|China, Economy|

Ancient China trade: Rice paddy with a Chinese man planting rice Farming in Ancient China In China, as in West Asia, India, or Africa, most people have spent most of their time farming for the last ten thousand years. Probably eight or nine out of every ten people who lived in ancient China [...]

Knotted rugs – Central Asian Economy

By |2017-05-31T09:39:30+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Economy|

Pazyryk rug (ca. 300 BC) The world's first knotted rugs were probably made just south of the Caspian Sea in what is now northern Iran. They were all made of wool, and they used the same types of patterns that people were using to embroider on their clothes, or (if we believe Herodotus) [...]

What was the Silk Road? Central Asian Economy

By |2018-09-26T08:36:48+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Economy|

Mongol herdsman Hunting wild animals The first people moved into Central Asia about 50,000 BC. They were probably following the big animals that they hunted for food and leather skins - the wild aurochs and the wild horse. The great grasslands of Central Asia were a good place for aurochs and horses, because [...]