Minoan-who? Let us save you some googling and tell you that they were an Aegean civilization from the Bronze Age who lived in Crete and other Aegean Islands. For years it was thought the Minoans had a huge change in shift and culture because they were invaded by the Mycenaeans.
You see, 3500 years ago, the Minoans saw a big shift in culture with their language, clothes, and even economic system seeing a sudden change. But new research shows while the elite did change everything about their culture in order to fit in with the Mycenaeans, the commoners continued with their own unique traditions.
This New Bantus Route Discovered
Who were the Bantu peoples? They were a group of people who were all united by a group language they all spoke, called the Bantu language. They most likely existed around 2500 years ago.
At first, it was thought that they had no way of surviving in the forests of Central Africa. But a recent study proved that the Bantu people were older than anyone imagined. They most likely existed 4,000 years ago, and they actually did migrate through the rainforests of Central Africa. This should be a lesson to never doubt a person's ability to survive in their native habitat.
These Mystery Metals, Used in China in the First Millenium
The Kao Gong Ji, an old and mysterious Chinese text, one that is believed to be over 2000 years old, mentions two ingredients used to make Bronze. Except that these two ingredients have been a mystery for over 100 years. Simply called “jin” and “xi” it was unclear what they might be.
It was believed they were copper and tin, but in 2022 it was confirmed that the two ingredients were actually compounds. One was of copper, tin, and lead. The other is just copper and lead. This means that when making Bronze, the Chinese mixed alloys, not pure metals.
This New Information About the Pyramids
The Pyramids are still one of humanity's greatest mysteries. One example of that is the fact that they were built using incredibly heavy materials like granite and limestone during a time with no known technology that could lift or hoist those materials.
So, how did they move all those things around? Researchers found that there was a unique arm of the Nile that was used specifically in order to transport these heavy materials from place to place. The arm was called Khufu Branch, and it was located near the pyramids of Giza, Scientists believe the branch dried around 600 BC.
The World’s Oldest Complete Star Map
Have you heard of Hipparchus? He was a Greek astronomer from the 2nd century BC and he was probably the best authority on stars during his time. Think of an ancient Neil DeGrasse Tyson but Greek. People believed for a long time that he was the first person to try and make a full star map. The problem is that there was no evidence of that, only literary references alluding to that.
But finally, in 2022, a piece of his star map was found hidden under a medieval manuscript. The book was found in a Monastery in Egypt. Finally, proof!