Tag Archive: Silk Road

HistoryHit.tv your online source for high quality medieval programs

Launched in 2018, HistoryHit.tv offers a wide variety of programs for any history lover. HistoryHit.tv was conceived by Dan Snow as a ‘new kind of history channel.’ HistoryHit.tv started as a crowdfunding project on Indiegogo and surpassed its initial goal by over £30,000! One of the original ideas of HistoryHit.tv was to ask it’s founding…

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…

Marco Polo: The Animated Biography

Marco Polo, the famed merchant and traveler who introduced Europe to China and Central Asia. Marco Polo traveled the Silk Road and spent time in the court of Kublai Khan, the great Mongolian leader. After an epic 24 year journey Marco Polo returned to Venice and was imprisoned by Genoa forces occupying the city. While…

MAP#46: Made in China: Medieval Inventions from the Far East

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For 4000 years China has been an innovative society, starting with the Great Wall and the Grand Canal. In the Middle Ages China invented item after item that revolutionized the world for centuries to come. Some of them we still use today! Things that we take for granted; paper money, kites, folding umbrellas and playing…

MAP#42: Medieval Diseases and “Cures”

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Listen to the episode now People in the Middle Ages had their share of diseases. But unlike today they didn’t have vaccinations or antibiotics to help them out. Today we are going to look at medieval diseases and the cures that did or in most cases did not work. We’ll see if getting sick in…

Big noses, curly hair on empress’s coffin suggests deep cultural exchange on Silk Road

Chinese archeologists have found new evidence of international cultural exchange on the ancient Silk Road. Four European-looking warriors and lion-like beasts are engraved on an empress’s 1,200-year-old stone coffin that was unearthed in Shaanxi Province, in northwestern China. The warriors on the four reliefs had deep-set eyes, curly hair and over-sized noses — physical characteristics…