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Dec
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revised Lion in the european monarchies' flags
You want better sources? Well, take *that.*
Dec
4
comment Qin's use of the number six
@Monster Truck - The cun was in use as early as 9 ad - they've found a bronze caliper inscribed with the date of it's manufacture. It also measures fen, which likewise subdivide the cun into ten smaller units of measure: books.google.com/…
Dec
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answered Qin's use of the number six
Nov
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Nov
28
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why did Austronesian/Polynesian people not colonize Australia?
Nov
28
comment Writing systems in South America?
@ T.E.D - RongoRongo was developed by a civilization that didn't have any trade at all - Rapa Nui was too isolated to have regular trade contacts. I don't think the development of writing was so deterministic - it solves liturgical and genealogical problems as well.
Nov
27
comment How did people travel to remote islands like Easter Island?
@Gangnus - Sail is the generic technical term for voyaging by watercraft, whether that craft be powered by paddle, oar, steam engine or nuclear reactor. "Swum" in english means they actually traveled without a boat... so you either meant sail in the generic, or paddled in the specific. Cite: thefreedictionary.com/sail
Nov
27
comment What was the reason for Soviet troops to withdraw from Yugoslavia in World War II?
@kubanczyk - Good points! I've modified the answer to address your concerns and reflect your input.
Nov
27
revised What was the reason for Soviet troops to withdraw from Yugoslavia in World War II?
Expanded answer at the request of the questioner.
Nov
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revised How did people travel to remote islands like Easter Island?
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Nov
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answered What was the reason for Soviet troops to withdraw from Yugoslavia in World War II?
Nov
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comment Writing systems in South America?
"When you look across history, pretty much any society large enough to require book-keeping and stratified enough to support kings will have developed (or borrowed) some kind of writing." - Neither the megalithic cultures in Europe nor the Mound Builder cultures in North America had writing, but were as large or larger than contemperaneous cultures that did.
Nov
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revised Writing systems in South America?
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Nov
16
comment Chart of total gold in possession of humans
OK, we know who the alien invaders in our midst are now.
Nov
15
comment Who invented and marketed the first “clip on” headphones?
What a neat question - I have no idea how to even begin researching this. So, I'll begin by researching how to research this. :)
Nov
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answered Writing systems in South America?
Nov
9
comment Are the Ramayana and Mahabharatha exaggerated stories or pure fiction?
@DVK - Troy was found, Achilles and Ajax were not.
Nov
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revised What is the purpose of the bridge to the Russkiy island?
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Nov
5
comment Why did Austronesian/Polynesian people not colonize Australia?
@astabada - Yeah, that side of it is proving trickier. I can really only speculate: 1) The trade winds were very strongly against them (see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Map_prevailing_winds_on_earth.png ), 2) The Maritime SE Asian cultures really only interacted with others from the same culture group, unless for trade and 3) Australians and New Guineans of the time had neither spices nor mineral or metal goods, so trade missions (and perhaps colonies) were considered futile.
Nov
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comment If modern human existed for hundreds of thousands years why was writing invented only some 7000-9000 years ago?
Your information on the origin of writing is outdated and incorrect. The discovery of the Dispilio Tablet is a pretty clear indication that the Vinča signs were actually true writing, and not protowriting. Similarly, it's becoming clear that Chinese writing also developed much earlier, deriving from Jiahu symbols. (The Mesopotamians used baked clay in a dry climate rather than animal skins or soft bark, so they were easier to discover... Europe and China each beat them to the punch by a few thousand years.)