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Mesolithic Harpoons & Lyngby Axe
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Mesolithic Harpoons & Lyngby Axe

Harpoons and Lyngby Axe (an axe made of antler) dated to around the 11th millennium BCE and belonging to the Mesolithic Age. It is on display at the Archaeological Museum of the state of Brandenburg in Germany.
The Spice Trade & the Age of Exploration
Articleby Mark Cartwright

The Spice Trade & the Age of Exploration

One of the major motivating factors in the European Age of Exploration was the search for direct access to the highly lucrative Eastern spice trade. In the 15th century, spices came to Europe via the Middle East land and sea routes, and spices...
Skara Brae
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Skara Brae

Skara Brae is a Neolithic Age site, consisting of ten stone structures, near the Bay of Skaill, Orkney, Scotland. Today the village is situated by the shore but when it was inhabited (c.3100-2500 BCE) it would have been further inland. Steady...
Pirate Weapons in the Golden Age of Piracy
Articleby Mark Cartwright

Pirate Weapons in the Golden Age of Piracy

Pirates in the so-called Golden Age of Piracy (1690-1740) used all manner of weapons to attack ships and relieve them of their precious cargoes. Heavy cannons, muskets, pistols, cutlasses, and grenades were just some of the weapons pirates...
Neolithic Period
Definitionby Cristian Violatti

Neolithic Period

The term Neolithic Period refers to the last stage of the Stone Age - a term coined in the late 19th century CE by scholars which covers three different periods: Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic. The Neolithic period is significant...
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Videoby Smarthistory, Art History at Khan Academy

Jade Cong

More free lessons at: http://www.khanacademy.org/video?v=ld8kHvz1yN4 Jade Cong, c. 2500 B.C.E., Liangzhu culture, Neolithic period, China (British Museum) A conversation between Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker
Ancient Egypt
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Ancient Egypt

Egypt is a country in North Africa, on the Mediterranean Sea, and is home to one of the oldest civilizations on earth. The name 'Egypt' comes from the Greek Aegyptos which was the Greek pronunciation of the ancient Egyptian name 'Hwt-Ka-Ptah'...
Koh-i-Noor
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Koh-i-Noor

The Koh-i-Noor diamond (also Koh-i-Nur or Kūh-e Nūr) is one of the largest and most famous cut diamonds in the world. It was most likely found in southern India between 1100 and 1300. The name of the stone is Persian meaning ‘Mountain of...
Aurignacian Sites
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Aurignacian Sites

Map showing sites and presence associated with the Aurignacian culture, usually attributed to the first modern humans who arrived in Europe around 45,000 years ago.
Gezer
Definitionby Henry Curtis Pelgrift

Gezer

Gezer is an ancient city and archaeological site located in central Israel where the central mountains meet the northern Shephelah, about 10 km southeast of the city of Ramleh. According to the Hebrew Bible, Gezer was one of the great cities...