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The Digging Stick: going Back to Your Roots

ADAMS, S., "The Digging Stick: going Back to Your Roots", Bulletin of Primitive Technology, vol. 44, Utah, Society of Primitive Technology, pp. 35-39, 11/2012.

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At least 2 million years ago, the early people started to use stones as tools. At first they used complete rocks as hammer, for example to open animal bones with to get to the tasty marrow...

Where did the first corn come from (CH)?

The first kinds of corn cultivated in Switzerland in the Young Stone Age (about 7,500 years ago) were wheat and barley. These kinds of corn were not indigenous in Europe before they were first grown here, meaning they...

Iron in the Iron Age, did that exist (NL)?

It is not for nothing called "Iron Age". The art of making iron originates - like many developments - from the Near East. In the Southern Netherlands, for tools and weapons, often wood and stone were used, occasionally bronze...

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You are cheating – they didn’t have iron axes in prehistory, did they (DK)?

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What was the occupation of the people living in the lake fortress (LV)?

They were mainly engaged in agriculture, stock-keeping, forest bee keeping, crafts and trade. Also important was the utilisation of wild resources: fishing and hunting, especially the...

What did people eat and drink in the early Middle Ages (NL)?

The main foodstuff for the early medieval person was grain. It was cooked as a whole grain or ground down and used for porridge or bread. Meat, fish, vegetables, peas, beans and lentils were used in stews and soups which were seasoned with salt and herbs...

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