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World History

A group about World History so that I do not end up spamming my USA and Non USA News Group

Location: #culture
Members: 18
Latest Activity: Jul 7

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How the British Divided Up the Arab World

Started by Hope. Last reply by Chris Oct 15, 2016. 7 Replies

How the British Divided Up the Arab WorldThe development of the modern nation states throughout the Arab world is a fascinating and heartbreaking process. 100 years ago, most Arabs were part of the…Continue

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History Snippets

Started by Doone has Fremdschämen. Last reply by May the Big Bang RIP Oct 12, 2016. 3 Replies

AN AMERICAN CREATION STORYby Akim ReinhardtThere is scientific evidence indicating that Asiatic peoples migrated…Continue

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Old Time Religion and Buildings

Started by Doone has Fremdschämen. Last reply by Onyango Makagutu Nov 30, 2012. 1 Reply

Tatev Monastery - Tatev, ArmeniaThe Tatev monastery once played a notable role in the advancement of medieval Armenian culture when it housed the University of Tatev in the 14th and 15th…Continue

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THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND THE RISE OF ISLAM

Started by Doone has Fremdschämen. Last reply by Doone has Fremdschämen Jul 11, 2012. 2 Replies

THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND THE RISE OF ISLAMTom Holland in The Guardian:Whenever modern civilisations…Continue

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Comment by Chris on July 7, 2018 at 2:53am

Images for ancient Roman multipurpose tool link.

1,800-Year-Old Roman Multitool

What have the Romans ever done for us? Well, it turns out that back somewhere between A.D 201 to 300, a clever Roman, probably named MacGyvericus, invented the multitool. And not just some weird, old-fashioned multitool, either. MacGyvericus' tool is startlingly similar to the modern Swiss Army Knife, now part of the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England.

Like the common Swiss tool, the Roman version has a lot of foldaway implements stowed inside: a knife, spike, pick, fork and a spatula. Unlike the modern-day equivalent, the Roman Army Knife has a useful spoon on the end, making it likely that this iron and silver artifact, found in somewhere in the Mediterranean countries, was meant for eating with.

What it is is 100 percent awesome, and just makes me love the Romans even more. Sure, they invaded and occupied my home country and occupied it for years, but they brought with them central heating and civilization, two things that England lacked back then. When the Romans left, the country slipped back into dark times, where it became insular and xenophobic, and it remains so today. At least, though, the cold and rainy nation still has central heating and folding knives, although the latter is now used primarily by gangs of marauding teenagers as they roam the rainy twilight streets in search of old people to stab.

Roman Multi-Tool [Fitzwilliam Museum via Neatorama]

Photo: Fitzwilliam Museum

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Comment by Chris on July 7, 2018 at 2:43am

What have the Romans ever done for us?

To drop a few, dual pane windows, and concrete.

Comment by Chris on July 6, 2018 at 5:22am

There was a King Tutankhamun archeological exhibit that came through here I went to.

I was sadly disappointed.

For example the gold figurine depicted by the photograph made it look as though it was  the tomb.  The gold figurine was  less than 12" long.

It will be great after the archeologists have a chance to study more so a full exhibit will be available.

With the political crisis in that region of the world it may take a while. Perhaps such artifacts shouldn't be sent around the world for others to see like a 'disney' exhibit.

Comment by Chris on July 6, 2018 at 5:02am

Number of deaths in the WW2 per country

I heard rumors that influenza caused more deaths in the time period of  WWI than combat.

As chaff.

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918.

https://virus.stanford.edu/uda/

Comment by Mrs.B on July 4, 2018 at 2:14pm

It must be a treat to see the real thing.

Comment by Stephen on July 4, 2018 at 5:00am

Discovering King Tutankhamun's tomb: Harry Burton's photographs

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44636774

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on June 30, 2018 at 6:03pm

shows how the Roman Empire traded with , and . I find historical trade routes like this fascinating. Source:

Comment by Stephen on June 28, 2018 at 8:37am

Research identifies barley beer in Bronze Age Mesopotamian drinking vessels

People living some 3500 years ago in Mesopotamia, which now is modern-day Iraq, enjoyed a pint as much as we do today.

A paper published in the Journal of Archaeological Science shows that Mesopotamia's Late Bronze Age inhabitants enjoyed drinking barley beer not unlike today's popular craft brews from a variety of drinking vessels.
Chemical compounds indicative of a barley-based fermented drink were discovered in numerous pottery vessels at the Bronze Age Site of Khani Masi located in the Upper Diyala River valley of north-eastern Iraq.


Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-06-barley-beer-bronze-age-mesopotamian.h...

Comment by Stephen on June 23, 2018 at 1:13am

Number of deaths in the WW2 per country

Comment by Stephen on June 22, 2018 at 7:09pm

Stone tools from ancient mummy reveal how Copper Age mountain people lived

PLOS—Stone tools found with a 5,300-year-old frozen mummy from Northern Italy reveal how alpine Copper Age communities lived, according to a study* published June 20, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Ursula Wierer from the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Florence, Italy, and colleagues.
The Tyrolean Iceman is a mummified body of a 45-year-old man originally discovered with his clothes and personal belongings in a glacier of the Alps mountains, in the South Tyrol region, Italy. Previous research showed that the Iceman lived during the Copper Age, between 3370-3100 BC, and was probably killed by an arrow. In this study, the researchers analyzed the Iceman’s chert tools to learn more about his life and the events that led to his tragic death.

The team used high-power microscopes and computed tomography to examine the chert tools in microscopic detail, including a dagger, borer, flake, antler retoucher, and arrowheads. The structure of the tools’ chert reveals that the stone was collected from several different outcrops in what is now the Trentino region (Italy), about 70km away from where the Iceman was thought to live. Comparing this ancient toolkit with other Copper Age artifacts revealed stylistic influences from distant alpine cultures. By carefully analyzing the wear traces of the Iceman’s chert tools, the authors concluded he was right-handed and probably had recently resharpened and reshaped some of his equipment.
These findings shed light into the Iceman’s personal history and support previous evidence suggesting that alpine Copper Age communities maintained long-distance cultural contacts and were well provisioned with chert.

 

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