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Ancient history timeline: 10,000-4000 BC – the Stone Age

By |2018-04-19T15:03:06-07:00September 10th, 2017|History, West Asia, When|

Ancient history timeline: Building at Gobekli Tepe in what is now  Turkey (ca. 9000 BC) Beginning of farming Around 10,000 BC, with the end of the last major Ice Age, people all over the world - not everyone, but a lot of people - began to shift from fishing and hunting and gathering to farming as their main way of getting food. Farming [...]

Ancient Roman people – who lived in the Roman Empire?

By |2018-04-25T10:24:36-07:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|

A barmaid brings a drink to two men sitting on chairs. The words show the men arguing about whose drink it is. (Caupona of Salvius, Pompeii, 79 AD) The Roman Empire was so big that there were a lot of different people with different cultures living in it. So you can't really say there was one [...]

Did the Romans use makeup? Ancient cosmetics

By |2018-04-25T09:03:14-07:00August 31st, 2017|Clothing, Romans|

Roman makeup: A stone finger and palette for crushing cosmetics into powder before putting them on your face (St. Germain en Laye, France) Men and women Both men and women used beauty products in ancient Rome. People used these products to make themselves seem healthier and more beautiful, but also to show that they [...]

Races and racism – Skin color and history

By |2018-04-24T11:41:04-07:00August 16th, 2017|People, Science|

An Egyptian portrait of two brothers (Roman period, about 150 AD) Biologically, there is no such thing as race. Sure, people come in a lot of different skin and hair colors. But there is no sharp division between them, only a gradual blending. And the color of your skin and your hair doesn't [...]

Stone Age Japan – Japanese history

By |2018-04-23T15:31:47-07:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|

Jomon carving of a killer whale, ca. 3000 BC The first people in Japan People probably first reached Japan from two directions around the same time. Some people came north from Southeast Asia or Australia, in boats along the coast. These people were descended from the first people who left Africa about 70,000 BC, and [...]

Ethnicity in Medieval Islam

By |2018-04-09T23:09:44-07:00July 26th, 2017|Islam, People|

A plate from the Fatimid period (1000s AD), Egypt Some Islamic rulers bought or captured young Turkish, Mongol, Kurdish and Christian boys. The rulers took these boys away from their families to be special slaves. Tutors raised these boys together in dormitories. They educated the boys well and taught them to fight. When the boys grew up, they [...]

Stone Age in northern Europe

By |2017-06-27T01:54:16-07:00June 27th, 2017|History, Northern Europe|

Danube river The first modern humans, the Cro-Magnons, probably walked into Northern Europe from Central Asia around 45,000 years ago. Some followed the fish along the Mediterranean coastline to Greece, then Italy, then southern France and Spain. Others followed fish northward along the Danube and Volga rivers into northern Europe and the Baltic. [...]

Were there slaves in Ancient Egypt?

By |2019-05-25T12:18:13-07:00June 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt|

Egyptian slavery: an Egyptian man beating a slave while another begs for mercy Where did Egyptian slaves come from? Just like in other parts of Africa, some people in Ancient Egypt were slaves. Some of them came originally from Egypt. Many poor families sold children into slavery. Judges also sentenced criminals to slavery. [...]

Were ancient Egyptians black? Life in ancient Egypt

By |2017-06-18T00:26:24-07:00June 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, People|

Egyptian women spinning and weaving (Model from the Tomb of Meket-re in Luxor, 11th dynasty (ca. 2000 BC), now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo) Like other Africans, Egyptian people had dark skin to protect them from the African sun. They were further from the Equator than Central Africans, so their skin was lighter [...]

Early Humans – Evolution Science

By |2018-09-02T13:44:52-07:00May 26th, 2017|Africa, Biology|

Early humans: Skeleton of early human Lucy, from about 3.2 million years ago When did the first humans evolve? About six million years ago, the earliest people evolved from earlier primates in East Africa. Read more about the primates Read more about the Tertiary Period Why did people evolve from earlier primates? People [...]