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Board Game History
The history of board games is quite ancient, with the earliest recorded in the Bronze Age Mediterranean: but the notion is likely quite a bit older still.
The ancient game of 20 Squares is probably a precursor to backgammon, and it was invented at least 4,500 years ago by the Bronze Age civilizations of the Mediterranean Sea.
The game of 58 Holes is believed to have been invented in Egypt about 2200 BC, and spread from there into Mesopotamia.
Journey of the Universe and Journey of the Universe: Conversations
The paired set of Journey of the Universe and Journey of the Universe Conversations are PBS produced videos which explore the intersection of modern science and religion.
Descriptions of many technologies and adaptations were used to hunt animals over the millennia and different parts of the world.
Ancient human footprints, preserved by some geological twist of fate for hundreds of thousands or even millions of years after some human ancestor walked that way, are an amazing source of information about evolution.
Inuit Wayfinding and GPS Technologies
An ethnographic study reported in Current Anthropology describes an amalgam of past and present technologies and discusses what is lost and gained when traditional methods of mapping become affected by the adoption of new technologies.
A Hunting We Will Go
The technology that made the first stone points possible was invented by our distant ancestor Homo erectus in Africa during the later Acheulian period, circa 400,000-200,000 years ago. And we've been shooting things for dinner ever since.
Ancient Surgery, Modern Yardstick
A survey of ancient medical techniques, by Dr Sanjay Parva and your About Guide to Healing, Phylameana lila Desy.
Blombos Cave: What it Means to be Human
Great strides in understanding the development of modern human beings are being taken at the very southern tip of Africa these days.
Context is Everything
An important concept in archaeology, and one that isn't given a lot of public attention until things go awry, is that of context. Illustrated by the recovery of a Roman artifact in a late 15th century American site, a television show that (for a while anyway) glorifies the looting of artifacts, and a debate over a museum display, context is everything to archaeology.
House Hunting: Archaeological Houses
Archaeology isn't about death--it's about life. Most of what we study is the mundane, which is, when you think about it, a pretty good word for it. What people ate, what clothing they wore, how they ran their societies, how they raised their children and built their houses--the thousands of permutations human beings have had of living their...
Invitation to Cultural Evolutionism
From Robert Graber at Truman State University, a terrific introduction to the concepts of cultural evolution, including excellent succinct descriptions of founding figures such as Marx and Morgan, recent theories, and ongoing processes.
The Soul of Archaeology
Bringing together images and cosmology from cultures as seemingly unbridgeable as the Aztec of Mexico and the Pawnee of the Great Plains, Robert Hall opens the reader%u2019s mind to an infinity of hitherto unconsidered connections.
The History of Beauty
A cool page from Mary Bellis, your About guide to Inventors and Inventions, on the history of making yourself beautiful.
Post-Marital Residence Patterns
Post-marital residence patterns (or marriage residency patterns) are an important part of kinship studies, and they assist in understanding the social organization of a particular community. Archaeological studies can identify changes in social organization affected by post-marital residence..
The Archaeology of Kinship
The Archaeology of Kinship, written by Bradley E. Ensor, presents a set of testable theories and hypotheses about how to recognize important elements of kinship studies in archaeological sites.