Tag Archive: Asia

Silk Road nomads ate way better than city dwellers

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Silk Road nomads may have been the “foodies” of the Medieval Ages. New research shows they enjoyed much more diverse diets than did their settled urban counterparts. “Historians have long thought that urban centers along the Silk Road were cosmopolitan melting pots where culinary and cultural influences from far off places came together, but our…

Icelandic DNA study Shows Evidence of First Americans in Europe in 1000

When Christopher Columbus returned from his first voyage to the Americas, he shanghaied ten to twenty-five of the native peoples he encountered on the Caribbean islands he explored. Of these, only 6 were to be presented to the court of Spain’s Catholic monarchs when he returned to the Iberian Peninsula in March 1493. These 6…

Family launches medieval weapon

Finding the Hunger family farm on Pembroke Rd is easy – just look for a huge medieval trebuchet sticking up above the trees. The trebuchet is an ancient siege weapon developed in the 12th Century in France and Asia as an improvement on a basic catapult. It uses a slingshot to increase the velocity of…