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The Houmuwu ding

The Houmuwu ding is a ritual bronze vessel from the Shang Dynasty. The four-legged rectangular cauldron (ding) on four hollow legs weighing 1,929 lbs is the largest ancient bronze vessel found anywhere in the world. It is estimated that about 150 people were needed to cast this vessel. Most likely, the lady Jing, wife of King Wu Ding, was buried in it. 1)


The word mammoth comes from the mythology of the Siberian people, who believed that mammoths live underground and die when accidentally brought to the surface. This was thought to explain the carcasses found in the thawing permafrost. The Chinese bought mammoth blows from traders, and the belief seeped into their language: yǐn shǔ 隐鼠 means “hidden rodent.” 2)

Britain becomes an island

About 14,000 years ago Britain was attached to Ireland, and 8,000 years ago it was attached to the continent by a strip of low wetlands leading to present-day Denmark and the Netherlands. Britain became an island at the end of the last glacial era when sea levels rose due to the melting of glaciers and the subsequent isostatic rebound of the Earth's crust in northern Europe. 3)


The largest prehistoric flying reptile was called Quetzalcoatlus. The wingspan of this pterosaur was 36 to 39 feet. The name comes from Quetzalcoatl, one of the most important gods of the Mesoamerican tribes, meaning “feathered serpent”. 4)

Tomb of Eve

The 393 feet Tomb of Eve is located in a cemetery in the old city district of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is considered by many Muslims to be the burial place of the biblical Eve. In 1975, Wahhabi officials concreted over the entrance to the tomb to prevent pilgrimages to it. The site is inaccessible to tourists. 5)

prehistory.txt · Last modified: 2021/08/10 05:25 by aga