The Handaxe, The Thunderstone, The Ouroboros

One of the earlier definitions of "humanity" is "a creature that uses tools." This is outdated, but it's still the one I first learned, and there's still something precise enough about it that we kind of recognize what it means. It implies more than just tools. A parent leans down and teaches their offspring the …

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Preliminary Warning about Early Prehistory

Historical evidence is discovered constantly, old evidence is reinterpreted, etc. This makes writing anything definitively - especially as an outsider without access to the cutting edge - difficult. Still, many of these are small changes. That's not the same asĀ minor changeĀ - they often led to large changes in our view of history, even if they …

The First Creation Story, the Most Recent Creation Story

Traditionally, "history" refers to the era after writing (at least writing we can read). Thus, history begins in ~3300 BC. The periods before that - anatomically modern humans or not - are pre-history. I could start with writing, but it would be almost aggressively unsatisfactory. Too many interesting events - scraps, hints, relics of a …

Choose Your Fighter

How to use this: Below are three options for navigating the content of this site. The full archive will be a list of every article by chronological order of events. The second links to subarchives by era, each of which lists articles roughly chronologically with occasional jumps to maintain cultural continuity. The third is a …