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7 intriguing ancient cultures history almost forgot

Greeks, Egyptians, and Mayans are ancient civilizations taught in every textbook, yet they were far from the only examples of highly organized societies from long ago.

LiveScience fills in a few more of the blanks with other cultures history almost forgot, complete with tantalizing clues to their lifestyles archaeologists are still piecing together.

The Nok

The mysterious and little-known Nok culture lasted from around 1000 B.C. to A.D. 300 in what is today northern Nigeria. Evidence of the Nok was discovered by chance during a tin-mining operation in 1943, according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Miners uncovered a terra-cotta head, hinting at a rich sculptural tradition. Since then, other elaborate terra-cotta sculptures have emerged, including depictions of people wearing elaborate jewelry and carrying batons and flails — symbols of authority also seen in ancient Egyptian art, according to the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Other sculptures show people with diseases such as elephantiasisthe Met said

The Land of Punt

Some cultures are known mostly through the records of other cultures. That’s the case with the mysterious land of Punt, a kingdom somewhere in Africa that traded with the ancient Egyptians. The two kingdoms were exchanging goods from at least the 26th century B.C., during the reign of the pharaoh Khufu (the builder of the Great Pyramid of Giza).

Strangely, no one really knows where Punt was located. The Egyptians left plenty of descriptions of the goods they got from Punt (gold, ebony, myrrh) and the seafaring expeditions they sent to the lost kingdom. However, the Egyptians are frustratingly mum on where all these voyages were headed…

Full story at LiveScience.

Fragments of history.

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  • Curtis Pride

    Two ancient cultures from people of color brought to attention to some updates to others hats off to the publisher

  • Frank Norton

    Civilizations have developed on Earth over the past 4 to 7 million years. However it takes but a short time for them to disappear from the environment. Only the large rock structures have survived.

  • Gregory

    AGAIN: Autor(s) of this article have forgotten ONE OF THE MOST POWERFULL ancient culture of Europe: ILLYRIANS ! – do you who reading this – know anything about Illyrians ?? If you dont–please just google it — you will see how great empire they had on present day Balkan and SE Europe

  • Q. Lili

    Both were Northern Africa. There have been studies of why some cultures stagnated and remained stone age and others advanced, but to no clear conclusion. The most telling thing is the modern rejection of science, the fallacious precept that ‘there is no such thing as race’ with home DNA kits abounding to trace genetic backgrounds on racial divisions.

  • No doubt there are many ancient cultures which are not mentioned here or are completely unknown.