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How do I find the sources which determined the year of the fall of Babylon?

One way to go about this type of research is to simply dig deeper, one step at the time: review the bibliography of the articles you've run into, and read the citations of potential interest. Rinse ...
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When did horseback riding start? Are Doosheh cave petroglyphs authentic and correctly dated?

There seems to be something going on of the quite unreliable kind. The generally accepted 'history' and dates of horse domestication and riding practices are quite at odds with the dates for cave ...
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Which specific day of 1964 was the tree Prometheus (WPN-114) cut down?

An article in the Los Angeles Times gives a date in August... The tree, called Prometheus, took root at the dawn of the Bronze Age, centuries before the ancient Egyptians began construction on the ...
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Where can I find reliable primary sources written by Ancient Egyptian laborers?

We actually have a lot of good evidence written by workers from that period. The bulk of that evidence comes from the workers' village of Deir el-Medina which housed the men who built the tombs in the ...
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How did German racial laws affect people who weren't Jewish but one of their parents wasn't German?

How German racial laws affected people who weren't Jewish but one of their parent's wasn't German? ... born to a British father and a German mother ... So my question is that what was the protocol ...
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Study of causal structures and dynamics in history?

There is an emerging trans-disciplinary field called cliodynamics which studies these ideas. There's an open access journal, Cliodynamics: The Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution, a ...
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Is there any evidence in history to suggest that there was a Melanchro (dark-skinned) population in Colchis as claimed by Herodotus?

tl; dr The answer to the question in your title is that it depends on what you (and Herodotus) mean by 'dark-skinned'. There is certainly no evidence of any large black African population in Colchis ...
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How do I organise my "What-if" research paper?

I'd say that the original flaw in your approach was to choose the conclusion and then look for evidence to support it. Working this way leads to cherry-picking evidence that suits your conclusion (and,...
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Where is an image of the oracle bone that describes the nova?

There is a picture of that oracle bone in the chapter Chinese and Korean Star Maps and Catalogs by F. Richard Stephenson in the University of Chicago's History of Cartography (p514): There is also a ...
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How, if at all, is published pseudohistory publicly addressed by scholars and academia?

The usual general attitude of professional historians to revisionist history is ignoring it. Except some publications specially written to refute it. Your last sentence with the question is not ...
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Can anyone help identify this passenger steamship with double funnels and two masts?

Looks very similar to S. S. Harvard pictured here in 1907:
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What are the best resources for studying oracle bone inscriptions?

I don't know how useful this will be to you but hopefully these links will at least lead you to what you are looking for. The British Library has more than 450 oracle bones and there are some links ...
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Do Columbus' letters reveal that he was a Marrano?

While there are some not very widely supported theories out there that postulate some somehow Jewish origin for Columbus (esWP: Cristóbal Colón, Origen, Hipótesis secundarias, enWP: Catalan-Jewish ...
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When did horseback riding start? Are Doosheh cave petroglyphs authentic and correctly dated?

Farsi wikipedia gives a number of different ages for those paintings (please note that my Farsi is not particularly good and English is just my second language, so the translation is probably ...
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How, if at all, is published pseudohistory publicly addressed by scholars and academia?

Check its sources Outside formally reviewed documents, there is no official quality control to ensure historical accuracy. Individual books may inspire a debunking if a historian is sufficiently ...
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How much knowledge of the past was destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries?

It is difficult to say exactly how much was lost. We have some sources that enable us to say what manuscripts were held by some monasteries, for example the library at Peterborough, or that at Syon ...
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Origin of 'diff' tool

The Unix Heritage Society shows that while diff's man page appeared in V6 (1975), its source code appeared in V5 (1974). The algorithm is described there as being "due to Harold Stone".
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Was there ever a male-equivalent to a harem in the Ottoman Empire?

If you're strictly looking for an Ottoman equivalent, then I believe you're out of luck. If you mean whether there's ever been an equivalent to a harem, you have a few different examples from Chinese ...
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What makes studying science different from studying the history of science?

A scientist learns the history of their science out of interest or because it is considered didactically useful. Chemists for example learn quite a few of the older, long disproved atomic models ...
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Does any library hold the archives of the Russian-American Company?

I have a copy (as yet unread) of Exploring and Mapping Alaska: the Russian American Era, 1741-1867, A. Postnikov & M. Falk, tr. L. Black, University of Alaska Press, 2015. There are a few pages ...
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Where can I find this paper by Jean Buridan?

On John Buridan's page in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, we have the citation: Buridan, John, 1588 (actually 1518), In Metaphysicen Aristotelis Questiones argutissimae, Paris. Rpr. 1964, ...
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Study of causal structures and dynamics in history?

You may find the field of "big history" relevant to your interests. David Christian's book Maps of Time is an excellent introduction. This work isn't as quantitatively oriented as what you are looking ...
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Does any library hold the archives of the Russian-American Company?

The archive of the Main Office [of the Russian-American Company] has not survived, and at present only individual groups of documents are known to have come from this archive. -- Leonid Shur in "The ...
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How can we be certain of customs in the primitive age?

The Durants' work is not history, or anthropology, or archaeology. The claims made are unknowable, in part due to bad theory and method on the part of the Durants; and, in part as the elements of the ...
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How can we be certain of customs in the primitive age?

There's likely no such thing. Different societies have different ways of doing things, regardless of how relatively "primitive" they are. That's why we call them "cultures". Take your topic of the ...
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Who was the Gold Rush memoirist James G. Ward?

I believe you are looking for James Ward who is credited with writing the book, "Perils, Pastimes, and Pleasures of an Emigrant in Australia, Vancouver’s Island and California." (See: Perils, Pastimes,...
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What makes studying science different from studying the history of science?

I'm going to flip this question around and first answer whether scientists-in-training need to study their field in a historically rigorous context. The answer is that they don't. One does not need to ...
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A source for Gerald Goodlake's exploit during the Crimean War

The event is described in the 2009 book The Guards Brigade in the Crimea by Michael Springman. On pp 81-82 the encounter is described thus: Captain Goodlake and Sergeant Ashton advanced along the ...
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How do I organise my "What-if" research paper?

I would agree with Killing time. Adding to his answer I would say that a large part of historic investigation is being able to take a source, evaluate bias and weight it against your current evidence. ...
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