The above post came to my attention the other week. As you will gather from reading it, it makes an excellent point and does so with enviable concision. Much as I want to leap onto a soapbox of my own and have a little rant about the brevity with which the events and contributions of the period covered by this blog are all to often dismissed or else apportioned to the “Dark Ages”, I will hold off doing so and say instead that there’s plenty more of interest on the source of this reblogged post (Surrey Medieval’s first).
The first immigrants to Europe arrived thousands of years ago from central Asia. Most pre-contact Europeans lived together in small villages. Because the continent was very crowded, their lives were ruled by strict hierarchies within the family and outside it to control resources. Europe was highly multi-ethnic, and most tribes were ruled by hereditary leaders who commanded the majority “commoners.” These groups were engaged in near constant warfare.
Pre-contact Europeans wore clothing made of natural materials such as animal skin and plant and animal-based textiles. Women wore long dresses and covered their hair, and men wore tunics and leggings. Both men and women liked to wear jewelry made from precious stones and metals as a sign of status. Before contact, Europeans had very poor diets. Most people were farmers and grew wheat and vegetables and raised cows and sheep to eat. They rarely washed themselves, and had many diseases because…
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