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What would have been the carrying capacity for 11th-13th century backpacks?

The historical answer is pretty much the same as the answer that you got on RPG - it depends on the type and construction of the pack. These ranged from simple cloth bags designed to be worn on the ...
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What would have been the carrying capacity for 11th-13th century backpacks?

These guys in Nepal carry loads up to about 85kg per porter. The "backpacks" are actually wooden frames for weaved baskets, held together with ropes. This technology was already widely available much ...
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Had there been a significant physiological difference between the Vikings and the Europeans (around the 11th century)?

The Romans did notice a physiological difference between themselves and Germanic Tribes, as already mentioned by DevSolar. The Arab traveller Ahmad ibn Fadlan aswell noted down in his journals when he ...
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Were there buttons in the Holy Land?

As you have noticed, buttons did not become popular as fasteners until around 1300. This is because before then clothing tended to consist of cloaks, robes, tunics and other loosely fitting garments ...
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What did the Crusaders really wear?

I'll cover just the peasants. Peasants participated in the First Crusade in three ways. First, in the very poorly organized People's Crusade preceding the First Crusader armies by a few months. Second,...
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Had there been a significant physiological difference between the Vikings and the Europeans (around the 11th century)?

IMHO opinion there were no ethnic Vikings. Scandinavians were ethnic Danes, or Norse, or Swedes. The pagan Scandinavians who sailed to raid and pillage foreign lands were vikings by occupation. ...
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How can I research multiple raids at the Somnath Temple?

There seems to be some misunderstandings at work. When Alauddin Khalji's conquest of Gujarat took place: In early 1299, Alauddin sent Ulugh Khan and Nusrat Khan to invade Gujarat, where the Vaghela ...
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Names of articles worn by men of ~11th century European nobility

A nobleman may wear silk with opportunities for sable and ermine, not just vair. Fur is always a lining, not the outer fabric, until the 1800s. Underwear (sherte or chainse and loincloth or drawers/...
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What were the Jurchen tribes/confederations in the 11th-12th centuries?

I don't think there was any tribal organisation as such. Starting with Wanyan Wugunai circa mid-11th century, the Wanyan Tribe became dominant among the Jurchens. Successive Wanyan chieftains ...
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What race were the invading Turkish armies of Anatolia?

First of all, the name of the Muslim-Turkish state that defeated Byzantine army in the 11th century at Manzikert was Great Seljuk Empire. As its name mentioned, though a relatively short lived one, it ...
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What would have been the carrying capacity for 11th-13th century backpacks?

Given that they had canvas and leather, I don't think there were any technological caps on the carry weight of a backpack. Better to look at what a human can carry comfortably for a prolonged time, ...
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How can I research multiple raids at the Somnath Temple?

A search on Google Books turns up the following on p. 31 in this book, The Rajputs of Saurashtra by Virbhadra Singhji. In A.D. 1024 Mahmud of Gazni sacked the Somnath temple. Subsequently in A.D. ...
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