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A blog by Leon Oudejans

Ancient history

Life is a journey along its destinations

As a boy, I dreamt about becoming an archeologist and write a book. It never happened. I still love ancient history though. My father owned a local barber shop annex clothing store and dreamt about one of his two boys becoming his successor. That never happened. He died at 61 and never saw his sons reach their full potential. That memory left a scar inside me. My...

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New evidence supports idea that America’s first civilization was made up of ‘sophisticated’ engineers (Phys)

Phys title: New evidence supports idea that America's first civilization was made up of 'sophisticated' engineersBy: Sara Savat, Washington University in St. LouisDate: 2 September 2021 "The Native Americans who occupied the area known as Poverty Point in northern Louisiana more than 3,000 years ago long have been believed to be simple hunters and gatherers....

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A Sumerian tale starting 25,000 years ago (9)

Around 5,000 BC, the Sumerian civilization "suddenly" emerged in Mesopotamia (eg, Iraq). This event is probably related to mass migration from Africa, following extreme climate change events that took place between 13,000 BC and 5,000 BC. All global cultures refer to this 8,000 year period, and 120 meter (400 feet) global sea level rise, as the Great...

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Serendipity of the mind

Since several days, the word serendipity has suddenly entered my mind. Initially, I was puzzled as I did not see a blog article in that word at all. The word serendipity is mostly known as the title of a 2001 romantic comedy (IMDb). After a day or so, my mind came up with a clue: serendipity of the mind. Actually, that clue made sense. Since late 2017, I...

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Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’ (ScienceMag)

Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’ (ScienceMag)

"Ask medieval historian Michael McCormick what year was the worst to be alive, and he's got an answer: "536." Not 1349, when the Black Death wiped out half of Europe. Not 1918, when the flu killed 50 million to 100 million people, mostly young adults. But 536. In Europe, "It was the beginning of one of the worst periods to be alive, if not the worst year," says...

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