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Posted By Confutus

For my studies in early prehistory, I have finished a survey of the Middle East as far it is connected: I will need to add more nations and consult more specialized resources in order to add much.  I will be looking at South Asia next.  For Middle prehistory, I am doing more or less the same. For Late prehistory, I have been doing a review of Egypt, Turkey, Mesopotamia, and Persia to consider the origins of civilization. I expect to be looking at Arabia and North African next.

   I am also beginning a more careful study of Antiquity. For the 5th millennium BC, the early civilizations of Mesopotamia have drawn the most attention. I expect to broaden the scope a little. Working forward into the 4th millennium BC, I expect to be considering the Sumerians.  For other areas of history, I am continuing links to other topics.


Posted By Confutus

Yes, indeed, I have the latest version of the Knowledge Base now up on the web. There are various additions and tweaks through most of the site, but mostly this has development of prehistory and antiquity.  As usual, there are few changes to the top-level pages: most of the improvement is at lower levels.


I decided to go ahead and start working with the divisions of Anglic peoples. Although there are fewer of them than I usually prefer before I start dividing, I've left this long enough. I knew it had been a while, but I found that I had not updated the British peoples page in five years.  Now, there's neglect for you.  There are some pages I am adding links to on almost a daily basis, while others lay fallow for some time before I get back to them.



Posted By Confutus

Still and again.

it seems that I committed the infelicty of focusing early prehistory on Africa, especially Eastern Africa, while I have focused middle and late prehistory on the Middle East, which interferes with my idea of a reasonably coherent account of the transition from hominid societies to modern human societies. The archaeological record as presented in various different countries is spotty and incomplete: some Wikipedia articles go into great detail regarding early and middle antiquity, while other treatments are sketchy or absent.   This seems to partly reflect the actual state of research, partly the filtering processes of different authors, and partly the state of development of the knowledge base: for instance, the histories of Syria, Israel, Palestine, and Jordan are notably not yet connected all the way back to antiquity. This is, after, all, one of the purposes of this knowledge base, to present such a cross-cultural examination of periods of history in order to to identify such gaps.  I do what I can. 


Posted By Confutus

I'm still only dipping my toes into the ancient Middle East, but it's been an area of interest for some time, and I've been putting off examining it until I had a better foundation. It's starting to work a bit better now.  For antiquity, I began stretching a but more into the development of religion.  For classical and medieval history, I had to connect several centuries to modern history, and back. That will clear the way for other developments.

Posted By Confutus

I'm still using history, and especially prehistory and antiquity as entry points.

For prehistory and antiquity, I've rearranged the major groups of nations to put Asiatic peoples in first place, since more is known of the Middle East in these periods than Western Civilization.


I'm also teeny-toe dipping into more specifics about Ancient Middle Eastern nations, as a proper foundation for later periods.  However, most of my work the past few days has been on subtopics of social structure and change. These topics, such as the agricultural revolution, the development of bronze age, iron age, and industrial society, and the structure of societies have been present but undeveloped for a good long time. They are now getting at least preliminary connections to the institutions of society, areas of culture, and topics of anthropology that will give them substance.


I've also been starting to develop more connections from Asiatic pagan religion, since this is better connected to the periods I am currently interested in.





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