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Dec
20
comment Did ancient miners have ways of predicting ore/stone deposits before the 19th century?
When you say ancient are you looking for a particular timeframe? At first metal would have been sourced from surface minerals like bog iron, and techniques progressed from there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metals_of_antiquity
Nov
18
comment Why is the United States the only developed country whose labour laws leave most up to the employer?
@SamuelRussell I'm not familiar with the Australian constitution but my point was that in the US the concept of reserved powers puts most labor law under state jurisdiction, not that federalism automatically does this. All federations are not created equal.
Jul
15
comment How did ancient mystery religions impact Christianity?
@JustinY sorry I can't give more specific examples than the one mentioned. I think Caleb is on the right track with the Gnostic beliefs.
Jul
12
comment How did ancient mystery religions impact Christianity?
I don't think this answers OP's question. How? Yes.
Jun
28
comment What English company founded in the 1200s filed for bankruptcy in the 2000s?
Via the above link I found this list of oldest companies. Nothing stands out as what you're looking for but maybe you will see something familiar.
Apr
2
comment Did any of the US States ever attempt to secede, aside from American Civil War times?
Up until Texas v White in 1869 secession was not explicitly unconstitutional, and that ruling forbids unilateral secession. Presumably a state could still legally secede with the consent of the union, and to that end a lot of modern movements present themselves as petitions to the federal government to consider secession.
May
29
comment What are the factors that caused the new world civilizations to be less technologically advanced than the old world?
Related: history.stackexchange.com/questions/1000/…
Feb
1
comment Why aren't the Americas named after Christopher Columbus
I read a very interesting article, published around Columbus Day I think, about why the name America was used on the first popular map of the New World and how it stuck as a result. I can't seem to find it now though.
Dec
19
comment To what extent did Native American cultures develop metalworking for tools and weapons?
@DVK I've rewritten the question to be more specific. And I don't happen to have a copy of the book you mention.
Dec
19
comment To what extent did Native American cultures develop metalworking for tools and weapons?
I'm thinking specifically of copper/bronze and iron for tools and weapons. I'm aware that some cultures used precious metals.
Dec
14
comment Why and when did agriculture lose its prestige?
That's a great answer, but do you have any references?
Dec
12
comment What did the Romans do for Judea?
@Jim Thio, for future reference there is a formatting guide next to the question field.
Nov
4
comment Which came first: polytheism or monotheism?
My years of playing Civilization tell me that Polytheism comes first.
Oct
26
comment How do new countries legally and without bloodshed declare themselves independent?
+1 for the last paragraph. It all comes down to recognition.
Oct
26
comment What makes a distinct civilization?
your link is only accessible to subscribers
Oct
26
comment Building of the pyramids
I'm giving this a -1 because there is no clear question here. You hint at some kind of theory but expect an explanation without naming it. "Who was the mind behind it?" Are you requesting the name of the designer who planned the first pyramid, or alluding to your alien theory and looking for for evidence? Edit your post to ask a real, answerable question.
Oct
13
comment Has Britain's 1940 invasion of Iceland been downplayed by historians?
As an American, I have never heard of this.
Oct
13
comment Is the Cold War still going on?
+1. The Cold War was about Communism vs Capitalism more than Warsaw Pact vs NATO.
Oct
12
comment Where did the term “Middle Ages” come from?
See also: history.stackexchange.com/questions/91/…
Oct
11
comment What language(s) were spoken within the Holy Roman Empire?
this answer would be awesome with a citation