History at 30,000 feet: The Big Picture

A place for discussing history in general.

Why do you read history? What does it mean to you? How do you approach various interpretations of the past? What are the limits in trying to understand past peoples and periods? How do you think about various approaches to history and alternate philosophies of history? Do you have particular interests in history that others might find intriguing? How did you get into this arcane subject in the first place?

Please feel welcome to introduce any other questions, ideas or threads relevant to The Big Picture.

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Is "Lox" the world's oldest unchanged word?2 non-lus / 2aspirit, Juin 4
Earliest Known Burial Site in Africa2 non-lus / 2aspirit, Mai 8
New Views of Historical Figures3 non-lus / 3stellarexplorer, Février 17
8 miles of ice age paintings in the Amazon14 non-lus / 14dougb56586, Décembre 2020
COVID-19 Pandemic in Comparison4 non-lus / 4aspirit, Août 2020
Wuhan Virus: Is this the big one?158 non-lus / 158stellarexplorer, Juin 2020
Peopling of Australia (Sahul)8 non-lus / 8stellarexplorer, Juin 2020
Neanderthal string ...3 non-lus / 3stellarexplorer, Mai 2020
Why can't you be more like your brother?4 non-lus / 4stellarexplorer, Mai 2020
Step Pyramid of Djoser3 non-lus / 3aspirit, Mars 2020
New void identified in the Great Pyramid15 non-lus / 15clamairy, Février 2020
Ghost DNA Hints at Africa’s Missing Ancient Humans3 non-lus / 3rocketjk, Février 2020
Neanderthal genes in all humans; much earlier migration from Africa likely1 non-lu / 1stellarexplorer, Février 2020
Neanderthals Could Swim. They Even Dived.7 non-lus / 7stellarexplorer, Février 2020
They Wait to Feast on Alligators4 non-lus / 4stellarexplorer, Février 2020
Big Picture History within your own Lifetime?5 non-lus / 5stellarexplorer, Janvier 2020
African - Australian Connections2 non-lus / 2Bushwhacked, Novembre 2019
Deep Impact — or the Day the Dinosaurs Died16 non-lus / 16stellarexplorer, Octobre 2019
First Finding of Water in Exoplanet Atmosphere4 non-lus / 4stellarexplorer, Septembre 2019
Malaysian Plane194 non-lus / 194stellarexplorer, Août 2019
Skull Bone Discovered in Greece May Alter the Story of Human Prehistory4 non-lus / 4Rood, Juillet 2019
Who Were the Ancestors of Native Americans? A Lost People in Siberia, Scientists Say5 non-lus / 5stellarexplorer, Juillet 2019
Ancient Philistines: DNA Speaks!2 non-lus / 2clamairy, Juillet 2019
First Denisovan Outside Denisova11 non-lus / 11Macumbeira, Mai 2019
Old Bird Lays Egg3 non-lus / 3stellarexplorer, Avril 2019
Hi unknown nephew !2 non-lus / 2stellarexplorer, Avril 2019
Humans in California 130,000 years ago?4 non-lus / 4dypaloh, Avril 2019
Galileo's original letter of 1613 found in Royal Society library2 non-lus / 2stellarexplorer, Avril 2019
500 Million Year Old Chinese Fossil Cache2 non-lus / 2stellarexplorer, Avril 2019
Scientists discover the oldest human fossils outside Africa2 non-lus / 2stellarexplorer, Avril 2019
America colonisation ‘cooled Earth's climate’1 non-lu / 1alaudacorax, Janvier 2019
40,000 Year-Old Borneo Cave Paintings6 non-lus / 6Diane-bpcb, Novembre 2018
Egypt2 non-lus / 2Diane-bpcb, Novembre 2018
Who We Are and How We Got There22 non-lus / 22stellarexplorer, Novembre 2018
Black Sea ship wrecks3 non-lus / 3Macumbeira, Octobre 2018
Are elephant birds driving journalism into extinction?9 non-lus / 9Macumbeira, Septembre 2018
Oldest Known Drawing by Human Hands Discovered in South African Cave3 non-lus / 3PhaedraB, Septembre 2018
Amphora full of gold2 non-lus / 2stellarexplorer, Septembre 2018
Study of Sea Level Fluctuations Over the Past 35,000 years8 non-lus / 8auntmarge64, Septembre 2018
Rewriting Elephant History11 non-lus / 11stellarexplorer, Août 2018
The new explanation for why we haven’t found alien intelligences20 non-lus / 20stellarexplorer, Août 2018
Massive, Black Sarcophagus Found at Alexandria12 non-lus / 12bluepiano, Juillet 2018
Ian Webster’s interactive globe of Ancient Earth4 non-lus / 4clamairy, Juillet 2018
So, How Many Moons Does Jupiter Have?2 non-lus / 2clamairy, Juillet 2018
Neutrino Found in Antarctica5 non-lus / 5geneg, Juillet 2018
Drought, drone, discovery: Traces of a Neolithic structure3 non-lus / 3jjwilson61, Juillet 2018
The emerging consensus against Recent African Origin3 non-lus / 3stellarexplorer, Juillet 2018
My new YouTube Channel is up and running10 non-lus / 10stellarexplorer, Juillet 2018
No bird soars too high...7 non-lus / 7petie1974, Juillet 2018
My New Venture - Save the Date, sort of13 non-lus / 13stellarexplorer, Juin 2018
Antarctic Canyons20 non-lus / 20stellarexplorer, Juin 2018
space travel5 non-lus / 5stellarexplorer, Mai 2018
Lead Core as Window into Roman GDP7 non-lus / 7pmackey, Mai 2018
Why read history?9 non-lus / 9pmackey, Mai 2018
Big rock in the wrong place in the solar system3 non-lus / 3stellarexplorer, Mai 2018
False History: Jesus, King of Edessa198 non-lus / 198PhynxJayZ, Avril 2018
King Harald Bluetooth treasure trove20 non-lus / 20stellarexplorer, Avril 2018
85,000 year old finger bone found on Arabian Peninsula7 non-lus / 7stellarexplorer, Avril 2018
To Hell and back. (Castration no longer required.)1 non-lu / 1bluepiano, Mars 2018
I am descended from royalty and so are you...18 non-lus / 18Rood, Mars 2018
Cognitive Gap Narrows with Neandertals5 non-lus / 5stellarexplorer, Février 2018
DNA analysis of a very early Briton16 non-lus / 16pmackey, Février 2018
Revealing Lasar scans in Guatemala Jungle7 non-lus / 7pmackey, Février 2018
Tomb of Hetpet found in Egypt2 non-lus / 2stellarexplorer, Février 2018
How cool is this ?6 non-lus / 6alaudacorax, Février 2018
Israel: 180,000 year-old Homo sapien Fossil5 non-lus / 5stellarexplorer, Janvier 2018
Tomb of Scythian prince found in Siberia2 non-lus / 2stellarexplorer, Janvier 2018
Massive Black Hole3 non-lus / 3stellarexplorer, Décembre 2017
What did go wrong on Easter Island10 non-lus / 10MarthaJeanne, Novembre 2017
"Living fossil" frilled shark3 non-lus / 3timspalding, Novembre 2017
The Illias gets older and older ?9 non-lus / 9LolaWalser, Novembre 2017
Viking2 non-lus / 2Taphophile13, Novembre 2017
500 year old astrolabe recovered9 non-lus / 9Macumbeira, Novembre 2017
The tooth Fairy ?2 non-lus / 2stellarexplorer, Octobre 2017
Prepare your mind to be blown7 non-lus / 7stellarexplorer, Octobre 2017
The tunnel under the Feathered Serpent pyramid, Teotihuacan, Mexico2 non-lus / 2PossMan, Septembre 2017
Dog Democracy3 non-lus / 3bluepiano, Septembre 2017
Voynich finally explained ?2 non-lus / 2stellarexplorer, Septembre 2017
World's Oldest Trigonometry table3 non-lus / 3stellarexplorer, Août 2017
Tutankhamun's death2 non-lus / 2stellarexplorer, Août 2017
Ancient DNA solves mystery of the Canaanites15 non-lus / 15pmackey, Août 2017
The end of the dino's3 non-lus / 3stellarexplorer, Août 2017
Ancient Roman Ruins Discovered in Vienne, France6 non-lus / 6MarthaJeanne, Août 2017
Original site of Dog domestication questioned89 non-lus / 89stellarexplorer, Juillet 2017
World's Oldest Homo Sapiens Fossils ... from Marakesh10 non-lus / 10Muscogulus, Juillet 2017
Aztec Skull Tower Discovered1 non-lu / 1Rood, Juillet 2017
Best informative free sites for daily or weekly visits1 non-lu / 1Macumbeira, Juin 2017
Homo naledi has been dated7 non-lus / 7alaudacorax, Juin 2017
Awesome DNA news3 non-lus / 3pmackey, Avril 2017
Massive statue of Egyptian pharaoh found6 non-lus / 6stellarexplorer, Mars 2017
A funny anecdote about Enrico Fermi2 non-lus / 2pmackey, Mars 2017
New crowd-sourcing project aims to use satellite imagery of archaeological sites to track looting3 non-lus / 3SylviaC, Mars 2017
Neighbours7 non-lus / 7Macumbeira, Février 2017
Computing History and Roads Not Taken1 non-lu / 1davidgn, Décembre 2016
Mastodon fossil may indicate earlier human presence in the Americas4 non-lus / 4clamairy, Novembre 2016
Beautifully preserved cache of Black Sea shipwrecks found4 non-lus / 4M_Clark, Novembre 2016
Ebola198 non-lus / 198stellarexplorer, Novembre 2016
Single Migration theory gains more ground2 non-lus / 2stellarexplorer, Septembre 2016
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari4 non-lus / 4SylviaC, Septembre 2016
Earliest fossils reported1 non-lu / 1stellarexplorer, Septembre 2016
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