Saturday, September 27, 2008 12:24
The invader arriving in ‘New England’ (rather appropriately, it was the Dawnland to the native inhabitants) in the sixteenth century knew nothing of the broader picture of the Americas we have so far painted.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 12:52
We continue our fictional journey over S America of 1000 years ago. Based east of Lima in the Andes, Wari – in existence since the sixth century – stretched a thousand miles from its capital city, also called Wari. In the city alone 70,000 people were packed into a dense, alley-packed craze of walled-off temples, hidden courtyards, royal tombs and apartment [...]
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 9:11
Charles Mann (1491) first takes us on an imaginary aerial trip in the year 1000 AD (500 years before the white man came) starting from the Peruvian littoral and travelling via Brazil and Mesoamerica (roughly, ‘middle’ America from Panama to Mexico) to Mississippi and then the Mid-West.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 8:54
Our generation was raised on a diet of Hollywood Westerns, depicting the brave struggle of heroic Christian pioneers in covered wagons venturing out against all the odds to till virgin soil and bring enlightenment to savage redskins riding bareback on swift ponies who, by contrast, craved only to massacre them and take scalps.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008 12:05
Because of the mitochondrial DNA genetic inheritance of the female line (previous article – with caveats) it is possible for scientists/anthropologists/ geneticists to trace back thousands of years in their search for the origins of races of people.
Monday, January 7, 2008 12:06
Though we are happily not aware of it most of the time, we are all familiar with parasites living in our bodies – especially, as now, in winter, when it seems we are constantly assaulted with a host of viruses and bacteria living off us.
Saturday, April 2, 2005 14:08
For me it is frankly inconceivable that tourists to Ireland would pass up the chance to visit Br
Friday, December 24, 2004 0:00
Five great roads emanated from the Hill of Tara in Meath (once again in the news as Bertie’s government controversially determines to drive a motorway through the vicinity!) to the rest of Ireland. The northern-bound road, the Slighe Miodluachra, meaning the way of the middle rushy place, was well-named certainly as it traversed the Gap of the North at the [...]
Thursday, November 11, 2004 0:00
Ye know the dip in the road just outa Meigh on the way till Newry? The Flurry River passes under there. Well, the shrubbery on yer left on that hill is on a part of the Black Pig’s Dyke. Ye didn’y know that, did ye? I’ll tell you the story of how it came by its name.