Food storage methods are indicative of sociopolitical system. Also: ancient governments fed people in need during times of economic crisis.
History is the study of the past, particularly how it relates to humans. It is an umbrella term that relates to past events as well as the memory, discovery, collection, organization, presentation, and interpretation of information about these events.Stories common to a particular culture, but not supported by external sources (such as the tales surrounding King Arthur), are usually classified as cultural heritage or mythology, because they do not show the “disinterested investigation” required of the discipline of history.
Micro-reviews from my recently-read pile: ancient marriage politics, Mediterranean dyes, Hittite architecture & whales throughout the ages.
What came 1st, horse (riding) or cart (pulling)? Comparing theories of early pastoral economies & horse domestication on the Eurasian plains.
Ancient Princesses from the Levant region served as advisors, diplomats, and independent religious leaders — unlike their Egyptian counterparts.
Echoes of history reverberate through SFF, parallels that can be hard to pick up on, but which still inform how we think about the world. (published at tor.com)