Nabta Playa: Pre-dynastic Egypt

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Nabta Playa destroys conventional theories about ancient Egypt. As more archaeological work is being down, order dates of human civilizations are being discovered.

Nabta Playa is a remarkable site composed of hundreds of prehistoric tumuli, stelae, and megalithic structures located in the Nubian Desert, approximately 100 kilometers west of Abu Simbel in southern Egypt. They are the result of an advanced urban community that arose approximately 11,000 years ago, and left behind a huge assembly of stones, which have been labelled by scientists as the oldest known astronomical alignments of megaliths in the world. Some archaeologists believe that the people of Nabta Playa were the precursor civilization for the first Nile cities that arose in Egypt thousands of years later.

The Megalithic People

Settlements grew, due to large water reservoirs, and their cultures became larger and more sophisticated. One settlement, which has been excavated from this urbanisation period, contains 18 house structures arranged in two, or possibly even three, straight lines in an almost ‘Coronation Street’ style.

The area contains numerous fireplace hearths and, of course, the amazing walk-down water wells. These were the people who constructed the megaliths perhaps for ceremonial or religious purposes. The great stone alignments have been classified and named by modern archaeologists.

During this period of occupation the Nabtans erected five megalithic alignments all radiating like wheel spokes from a central cluster of stones named E-96-1 Structure A. The stones are quartzite sandstone and have been moved to the site from and open sandstone area located about half a mile away.

http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-africa/nabta-playa-and-ancient-astronomers-nubian-desert-002954

http://www.archaeologyexpert.co.uk/nabtaplayaegypt.html

http://archaeology.about.com/od/nterms/g/nabta_playa.htm

East Africa and China’s Connection

None of this comes to a surprise to me. If humans were able to migrate across the planet pre-ancient organized civilization, why would we assume otherwise after organized societies were assembled?

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Africa and China have had contact for more than a thousand years. Some scholars assert that the contacts began as early as 4th century A.D. but convincing evidence is sporadic or lacking. Beginning with the Tang dynasty (618 A.D. to 907 A.D.) documented evidence of contact and trade exists showing a relationship between China and the city-states of east Africa. This relationship has evolved over the centuries and led to a migration of Africans to China to study, trade, and act as diplomats. At least one account indicates that Du Huan was the first Chinese to visit Africa, probably in Nubia, during the 8th century A.D.

– See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/perspectives/africans-and-african-americans-china-long-history-troubled-present-and-promising-future#sthash.bFoNSgZB.dpuf

A joint team of Kenyan and Chinese archaeologists found the 15th Century Chinese coin in Mambrui – a tiny, nondescript village just north of Malindi on Kenya’s north coast.

In barely distinguishable relief, the team leader Professor Qin Dashu from Peking University’s archaeology department, read out the inscription: “Yongle Tongbao” – the name of the reign that minted the coin some time between 1403 and 1424.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-11531398

As tackled in other articles in this edition’s cover story. China is currently Africa’s largest trading partner. But actually, China has been in Africa for a long time.

In fact, in the past 10 years, scientists have been making spectacular field and archival discoveries about China’s early presence on the African continent. These latest findings were the inspiration for an international conference, “Exploring China’s Ancient Links to Africa World Conference”, which was held last October in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

– See more at: http://newafricanmagazine.com/chinas-long-history-africa/#sthash.WU9ybRXb.dpuf

Unity and Knowing Your History

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Sincere Ignorance Podcast

Sincere Ignorance (7)

It’s here, the full, weekly podcast of Sincere Ignorance. A week early from its’ iTunes and Stitcher releases due to of the waiting period for the pending reviews and the fact I wanted critiques of any kind for improvement.

We’ve finally got our Youtube channel running. You can watch a series of new videos along with some revamped older ones. We’re committing to releasing at least one video a week. Subscribe, leave suggestions and tips.

This is not like our usual audio commentaries, this is the official promotional podcast.

First episode deals with the issue of classism, the following 2 episodes will deal with sexism and racism.

http://app.stitcher.com/splayer/f/68500/39642828

 

Ancient Africa A History Denied

One correction; there is written history in Eastern and Northern Africa.

Africans and The Making of the Americas: Part 4, Agriculture

There was a desperate need for African agricultural skills in the Americas.

Diverse groups of Africans from the coastal regions were highly skilled at clearing and cultivating forest land, an expertise that was unknown to Europeans at the time. One African technique involved burning delineated sections of forest and later using the ash for fertilizer, this had to be done carefully. Many also knew how to raise crops in semi-tropical and tropical soils; high temperatures and heavy rains cause nutrients to seep out more quickly than they do in temperate climates.

The complex art of rice cultivation practiced by West Africans for centuries rescued the U.S. The technique and technology used for rice cultivation was unknown by Europeans outside of southern Italy at the time. Rice cultivation was one of the most difficult types of work one could do, working in knee-deep water every day. By 1750, South Carolina became the rice-growing center of North America; rice was the colony’s major export. Other crops introduce by Africans include, black-eyed peas, pumpkins, sesame seeds, kola nuts, cotton, yams, sorghum, muskmelon, and water-melon.

The agricultural skills of Africans and African-Americans garnered extraordinary wealth for the Americas and Europe.

List of Crops Introduced by Africans/African-Americans

black-eyed peas

pumpkins

sesame seeds

kola nuts

cotton

yams

sorghum

muskmelon

water-melon

okra

tania

kidney beans

lima beans

millet

red peas

Source:

http://www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg

http://slaverebellion.org/index.php?page=crops-slave-cuisines

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/03/140301-african-american-food-history-slavery-south-cuisine-chefs/

 Part 1: http://sincereignorance.com/2015/01/27/africans-and-the-making-of-the-americas-part-1-exploration/

Part 2: http://sincereignorance.com/2015/01/27/africans-and-the-making-of-the-americas-part-2-mining/

Part 3: http://sincereignorance.com/2015/02/03/africans-and-the-making-of-the-americas-part-3-herding/

Black Smokejumpers Helped Save The American West

One group was charged with dismantling — and, if necessary, battling the forest fires caused by — the incendiary balloon bombs: the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, known as the Triple Nickels or Triple Nickles. Like the Tuskegee Airmen and others, the Triple Nickles were pioneers in a severely segregated U.S. military.

“We were the first and only paratroopers of color in 1944,” says Triple Nickle Association President Joseph Murchison, 84, from his home in Tampa, Fla. “It was the proudest period of my life, being in the Triple Nickles and doing something that nobody else was doing.”

Read more

http://www.npr.org/blogs/npr-history-dept/2015/01/22/376973981/how-black-smokejumpers-helped-save-the-american-west?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20150122

http://www.triplenickle.com/

http://triplenickle.com/history.htm

Black History: More Than A Month – NUS

Exodus: Gods and Kings Banned in Egypt Due to ‘Historical Inaccuracies’

According to many reports, Exodus has been banned in Egypt due to historical inaccuracies.

I’m all against censorship, no matter how inaccurate or stupid a film may be. People should have a right to see something, no matter how horrible or inaccurate it is. It’s freedom of choice, just as people have a right to create something stupid, people have a right to view something stupid. I think you’re on a slippery slope when you start banning things in the entertainment realm. I also highly doubt the film was banned due to ethnic historical inaccuracies, you know, like literally Anglo-Saxon actors playing African rulers. This has been the main criticism from American movie goers.

She’s supposed to be an Egyptian queen. And Idris Elba can play King George III.

I’m guessing it was due moreso to political and religious reasons. I could be wrong. Some articles cite this as a reason, though the quotes, so far, are unconfirmed.

Sources: 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30605059

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/exodus-gods-and-kings-banned-in-egypt-for-historical-inaccuracies-9945523.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/27/world/middleeast/egypt-has-reportedly-banned-exodus-gods-and-kings-movie.html?_r=0

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