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The Popol Vuh

Wed, 28 May 2014 08:15:44 +00002014-05-28T08:15:44Z

This is the account of when all is still silent and placid. All is silent and calm. Hushed and empty is the womb of the sky.

First page from the 18th century Popol Vuh in the Ayer Collection of the Newberry Library
Photo Credit: Paulo Cesar Coronado

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The Sampul Tapestry

Wed, 21 May 2014 08:05:32 +00002014-05-21T08:05:32Z

A pair of 2000-year-old trousers was reported in Antiquity this quarter; and you wouldn't think it, but the story of their construction is a fascinating one that illustrates the crossing of cultures in the 2nd century BC along the Silk Road between the Han Dynasty capital of Chang 'An and a west central Asia thoroughly changed by the exploits of Alexander the Great.


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Making String in Prehistory

Mon, 19 May 2014 08:55:09 +00002014-05-19T08:55:09Z

Making string is an often overlooked but incredibly important, tiny skill useful to human beings: but it is a building block for what would become textiles.

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1540 Battle at Mabila, Alabama

Wed, 14 May 2014 08:05:44 +00002014-05-14T08:05:44Z

Mabila was the Mississippian town where a great battle was fought in 1540, between the Spanish conquistador and explorer Hernando de Soto and the Mississippian chief Tascaluza.

De Soto at Tampa Bay, Florida. Drawn by Seth Eastman, engraved by James Smilie in 1853. Library of Congress Illus. in E77 .S382 [Microfilm RR]...

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Dilmun: Trading with Mesopotamia

Fri, 09 May 2014 08:55:13 +00002014-05-09T08:55:13Z

Dilmun was an important trading center on the Persian Gulf, connecting the great civilizations of Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) and Meluhha (the Indus Valley of modern day Pakistan and India).

Location of Dilmun in the Persian Gulf. Base map by Koba Chan...

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Textile History at Guitarrero Cave

Mon, 05 May 2014 08:05:47 +00002014-05-05T08:05:47Z

Guitarrero Cave is a rockshelter in the inter-mountain region of Ancash province in Peru. The cave has evidence of human occupation back to 12,100 years ago, and in the cave were found cords and textile fragments direct-dated to that occupation.


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Secrets of the Dead: the Lost Gardens of Babylon

Fri, 02 May 2014 08:12:30 +00002014-05-02T08:12:30Z

Next Tuesday, May 6th, the PBS series Secrets of the Dead will air a new video from Channel Thirteen and Bedlam Productions, called the The Lost Gardens of Babylon, and in my opinion a vast improvement over the last entry.


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Bronze Age Innovation and Trade

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 08:55:14 +00002014-04-28T08:55:14Z

A handful of Steppe Society archaeological sites in central Eurasia have produced evidence for the international connection and spread of plant domestication in the Bronze Age of the late third millennium.


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Mongooses in Iberia

Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:05:32 +00002014-04-25T08:05:32Z

Mongooses (Herpestes spp) are kind of like cats, in that they really never became what you could call domesticated, but they do make great pets. Like cats, they also make for an interesting story on their quasi-domestication, nonetheless.


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New Support for the Southern Dispersal Route

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:55:33 +00002014-04-23T07:55:33Z

A new article in the journal Proceedings of the National Science this week provides support for the Southern Dispersal Route, the most-recently identified migration route for human beings out of Africa.


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