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3 10, 2017

Ships and sailing in ancient Africa – early boats

By |2019-08-21T09:31:01-07:00October 3rd, 2017|Africa|2 Comments

Early boats: A person in a boat (Barramiya, Upper Egypt, ca. 4000 BC) Early boats: When did people invent boats? African sailing has a long history. People were probably using boats before the first people left Africa. At Blombos Cave in South Africa, people were fishing about 70,000 BC. African science and inventions History of [...]

15 09, 2017

The alphabet replaces cuneiform – West Asian writing

By |2019-09-04T08:13:14-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

This inscription from Kandahar, in Afghanistan, has Greek writing at the top, translated into Aramaic at the bottom. The Mauryan Indian king Ashoka put it up about 258 BC. When the Assyrian Empire collapsed in the 600s BC, the short-lived Babylonian Empire also used cuneiform writing. But when the Persians took over West Asia in 539 BC [...]

9 07, 2017

Greek alphabet – writing in ancient Greece

By |2019-07-15T23:33:23-07:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

Before the Greek alphabet: Linear B writing from Bronze Age Greece Before the alphabet - Linear B The first writing in Greece got started in the Late Bronze Age, and it was a hieroglyphic kind of writing like Egyptian hieroglyphs or Mesopotamian cuneiform but using different signs. Egyptian hieroglyphs Mesopotamian cuneiform Greek Bronze [...]