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May
15
comment What was the nominal strength of a company in a British Regiment during the American war of Independence?
Yeah, 2400 is way out of range for 1775. Armies grew dramatically in size after the French Revolution to deal with a completely mobilized populace (like France's) - the French used sheer numbers to drown the professional militaries of the powers trying to restore the monarchy, so professional militaries grew much larger.
May
14
reviewed Leave Open Explaining differences in settler-first peoples mating
May
14
reviewed Leave Open Gap between poor and rich in the Roman Empire
May
14
comment Gap between poor and rich in the Roman Empire
It's a fine question - comparative standards of living and class structure is a hot topic in history. The answers may kerfluffle some political ideologues on the right side of the spectrum, but that's never a bad thing.
May
14
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May
6
reviewed Leave Open Has the strength of the historical-archaeological method ever been tested experimentally?
May
6
comment Has the strength of the historical-archaeological method ever been tested experimentally?
The academic discipline you're looking for is "experimental archaeology" - it's a pretty active field. In addition to applying their techniques to modern societies, they recreate artifacts using period technology and test their usage in real-world conditions.
May
6
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May
6
reviewed Reopen What was the last landmass on Earth to be settled by human beings?
May
6
reviewed Reviewed How come Week days in India match with Western system?
May
5
comment What was the last landmass on Earth to be settled by human beings?
I strongly disagree with the hold. Timelines of human settlement are a very important area of interest to historians and archaeologists.
Apr
25
comment What led to the romantic perception of the Mayan civilization?
Uncited and inflammatory, and worse, speculative and ahistorical.
Apr
4
comment Which came first, the shield or the sword?
@RazieMah - Sorry, I meant cultures contemporaneous to modern scholars. You cannot infer from modern-era (after 1492) Aboriginal culture when shields were introduced - you need reliably dated art depicting shields, written records of shields by contemporary writers, or reliably dated artifacts.
Apr
3
comment Which came first, the shield or the sword?
@RazieMah - To be honest, that's my issue with your answer. Contemporary cultures that seem "primitive" are not good indicators of the technology used in pre-history. Artifacts and contemporary records (in depictions or written) are the only evidence of the existence of a certain technology at a certain time.
Apr
3
revised Which came first, the shield or the sword?
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Apr
3
comment Which came first, the shield or the sword?
@jwenting - Swords and shields are objects we have a very good archaeological record for, and clear timelines of their development.
Apr
3
answered Which came first, the shield or the sword?
Apr
3
comment Which came first, the shield or the sword?
@YannisRizos - Axes and clubs were far more common infantry weapons in the chalcolithic and early bronze age. Daggers are fairly useless in combat, due to the reach and momentum of the larger weapons - it wasn't until bronzeworking became advanced enough to support flexible and strong blades that the dagger was lengthened to the sword - and even then, transitional weapons like the khopesh came first.
Feb
26
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Feb
26
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Which country ruled Flanders in the 16th century?