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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How 10,000 years of plagues left their mark on our DNA1 ulæst / 1clamairy, august 2023
Oldest Stone Tools Ever Found Were Not Made by Human Hands, Study Suggests1 ulæst / 1alaudacorax, februar 2023
Big History Books - suggesting The Dawn of Everything9 ulæste / 9stellarexplorer, januar 2023
New void identified in the Great Pyramid17 ulæste / 17clamairy, november 2022
COVID-19 Pandemic in Comparison12 ulæste / 12stellarexplorer, september 2022
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An interesting study: the history of milk consumption in Europe7 ulæste / 7stellarexplorer, august 2022
The Peopling of the Americas6 ulæste / 6stellarexplorer, juli 2022
11-13,000 yr old megalithic complex in Turkey4 ulæste / 4stellarexplorer, juli 2022
False History: Jesus, King of Edessa203 ulæste / 203Cynfelyn, april 2022
Neandertal and Denisovan blood groups deciphered8 ulæste / 8stellarexplorer, december 2021
Ancient Footprints Push Back Date of Human Arrival in the Americas6 ulæste / 6stellarexplorer, november 2021
It Wasn't Just the Asteroid!2 ulæste / 2stellarexplorer, november 2021
Is "Lox" the world's oldest unchanged word?2 ulæste / 2aspirit, juni 2021
Earliest Known Burial Site in Africa2 ulæste / 2aspirit, maj 2021
New Views of Historical Figures3 ulæste / 3stellarexplorer, februar 2021
8 miles of ice age paintings in the Amazon14 ulæste / 14dougb56586, december 2020
Wuhan Virus: Is this the big one?158 ulæste / 158stellarexplorer, juni 2020
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Neanderthal string ...3 ulæste / 3stellarexplorer, maj 2020
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Step Pyramid of Djoser3 ulæste / 3aspirit, marts 2020
Ghost DNA Hints at Africa’s Missing Ancient Humans3 ulæste / 3rocketjk, februar 2020
Neanderthal genes in all humans; much earlier migration from Africa likely1 ulæst / 1stellarexplorer, februar 2020
Neanderthals Could Swim. They Even Dived.7 ulæste / 7stellarexplorer, februar 2020
They Wait to Feast on Alligators4 ulæste / 4stellarexplorer, februar 2020
Big Picture History within your own Lifetime?5 ulæste / 5stellarexplorer, januar 2020
African - Australian Connections2 ulæste / 2Bushwhacked, november 2019
Deep Impact — or the Day the Dinosaurs Died16 ulæste / 16stellarexplorer, oktober 2019
First Finding of Water in Exoplanet Atmosphere4 ulæste / 4stellarexplorer, september 2019
Malaysian Plane194 ulæste / 194stellarexplorer, august 2019
Skull Bone Discovered in Greece May Alter the Story of Human Prehistory4 ulæste / 4Rood, juli 2019
Who Were the Ancestors of Native Americans? A Lost People in Siberia, Scientists Say5 ulæste / 5stellarexplorer, juli 2019
Ancient Philistines: DNA Speaks!2 ulæste / 2clamairy, juli 2019
First Denisovan Outside Denisova11 ulæste / 11Macumbeira, maj 2019
Old Bird Lays Egg3 ulæste / 3stellarexplorer, april 2019
Hi unknown nephew !2 ulæste / 2stellarexplorer, april 2019
Humans in California 130,000 years ago?4 ulæste / 4dypaloh, april 2019
Galileo's original letter of 1613 found in Royal Society library2 ulæste / 2stellarexplorer, april 2019
500 Million Year Old Chinese Fossil Cache2 ulæste / 2stellarexplorer, april 2019
Scientists discover the oldest human fossils outside Africa2 ulæste / 2stellarexplorer, april 2019
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40,000 Year-Old Borneo Cave Paintings6 ulæste / 6Diane-bpcb, november 2018
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Black Sea ship wrecks3 ulæste / 3Macumbeira, oktober 2018
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Study of Sea Level Fluctuations Over the Past 35,000 years8 ulæste / 8auntmarge64, september 2018
Rewriting Elephant History11 ulæste / 11stellarexplorer, august 2018
The new explanation for why we haven’t found alien intelligences20 ulæste / 20stellarexplorer, august 2018
Massive, Black Sarcophagus Found at Alexandria12 ulæste / 12bluepiano, juli 2018
Ian Webster’s interactive globe of Ancient Earth4 ulæste / 4clamairy, juli 2018
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Neutrino Found in Antarctica5 ulæste / 5geneg, juli 2018
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The emerging consensus against Recent African Origin3 ulæste / 3stellarexplorer, juli 2018
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King Harald Bluetooth treasure trove20 ulæste / 20stellarexplorer, april 2018
85,000 year old finger bone found on Arabian Peninsula7 ulæste / 7stellarexplorer, april 2018
To Hell and back. (Castration no longer required.)1 ulæst / 1bluepiano, marts 2018
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Cognitive Gap Narrows with Neandertals5 ulæste / 5stellarexplorer, februar 2018
DNA analysis of a very early Briton16 ulæste / 16pmackey, februar 2018
Revealing Lasar scans in Guatemala Jungle7 ulæste / 7pmackey, februar 2018
Tomb of Hetpet found in Egypt2 ulæste / 2stellarexplorer, februar 2018
How cool is this ?6 ulæste / 6alaudacorax, februar 2018
Israel: 180,000 year-old Homo sapien Fossil5 ulæste / 5stellarexplorer, januar 2018
Tomb of Scythian prince found in Siberia2 ulæste / 2stellarexplorer, januar 2018
Massive Black Hole3 ulæste / 3stellarexplorer, december 2017
What did go wrong on Easter Island10 ulæste / 10MarthaJeanne, november 2017
"Living fossil" frilled shark3 ulæste / 3timspalding, november 2017
The Illias gets older and older ?9 ulæste / 9LolaWalser, november 2017
Viking2 ulæste / 2Taphophile13, november 2017
500 year old astrolabe recovered9 ulæste / 9Macumbeira, november 2017
The tooth Fairy ?2 ulæste / 2stellarexplorer, oktober 2017
Prepare your mind to be blown7 ulæste / 7stellarexplorer, oktober 2017
The tunnel under the Feathered Serpent pyramid, Teotihuacan, Mexico2 ulæste / 2PossMan, september 2017
Dog Democracy3 ulæste / 3bluepiano, september 2017
Voynich finally explained ?2 ulæste / 2stellarexplorer, september 2017
World's Oldest Trigonometry table3 ulæste / 3stellarexplorer, august 2017
Tutankhamun's death2 ulæste / 2stellarexplorer, august 2017
Ancient DNA solves mystery of the Canaanites15 ulæste / 15pmackey, august 2017
The end of the dino's3 ulæste / 3stellarexplorer, august 2017
Ancient Roman Ruins Discovered in Vienne, France6 ulæste / 6MarthaJeanne, august 2017
Original site of Dog domestication questioned89 ulæste / 89stellarexplorer, juli 2017
World's Oldest Homo Sapiens Fossils ... from Marakesh10 ulæste / 10Muscogulus, juli 2017
Aztec Skull Tower Discovered1 ulæst / 1Rood, juli 2017
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Homo naledi has been dated7 ulæste / 7alaudacorax, juni 2017
Awesome DNA news3 ulæste / 3pmackey, april 2017
Massive statue of Egyptian pharaoh found6 ulæste / 6stellarexplorer, marts 2017
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