Piri Reis World Map Detail- WikiCommons

The Piri Reis Map

Not so very long ago, people were just learning to make fire. They finally invented a stone-chipped wheel, and started using more than just grunts and shoves to talk to each other. They wore only skins draped over one shoulder and they never trimmed their hair or bathed. That’s what most Read more…

Pyramids of Giza, Wikimedia

Ancient Optics

Nazca Lines - Spider

Nazca Lines – Spider (Photo credit: CB Photography)

One of the very cool things I’ve learned in the past year or so is just how small of things that the ancients could see.  The first time I heard about this ability was when I learned about the Nazca Lines of Peru.  These are actually huge, shallow ditches carved out of the desert plain.  The pictures we can still see are of a sorts of things including a monkey, condor and this spider.It’s impossible to see on the picture I found for my post, but if you click on the spider picture I got from the the Wikipedia page, you will see that one leg has a long bend that extends far beyond the carefully carved legs on the rest of the drawing.  (more…)

Pyramids of Giza, Wikimedia

Ancient Watersystems: Dikes & Canals

Having studied a bunch of the amazing things our first forefathers made got me wondering about the dikes in Holland. Turns out their dike system isn’t terribly ancient, although “Pliny the Elder” (about the time of Jesus) had this to say about the Dutch: A miserable people is living there Read more…