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Bronze Age Warfare // Koryos

Dan Davis Author offers an insightful video that puts the listener in the point of view of an ancient teenage boy among the Yamnaya people on the cusp of manhood, and he explains the initiation of the warrior known as “Koryos.”

“In prehistoric Europe and Western Asia the people of the steppe waged war against one another and settled peoples in the form of the raid. Bronze Age warfare was like that. There were no armies in the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age. Conflict between groups was waged by small warbands stealing cattle and abducting women with which to strengthen their own tribes. The youths would undergo a long and complex warrior initiation on their path to manhood and the koryos was the climax of that process.”

How Doggerland Sank Beneath the Waves

Doggerland (also called Dogger Littoral) was an area of land, now submerged beneath the southern North Sea, that connected Great Britain to continental Europe. It was flooded by rising sea levels around 6500–6200 BCE, and its catastrophic flooding may have been the result of tsunami emanating from an avalanche in a Norwegian Fjord. Geological surveys have suggested that it stretched from what is now the east coast of Great Britain (in present-day Anglia) to what are now the Netherlands, the western coast of Germany and the peninsula of Jutland.

Wooly mammoth skull discovered by fishermen in the North Sea, at Celtic and Prehistoric Museum, Ireland

Where did Celts come from? Who were the Druids?

Survive the Jive asks the question “Where did Celts come from?”

“Celts are known for tartan, faeries, druids, bagpipes and the British Isles – but the origins of the Celtic culture lie in the Unetice culture of Bronze age central Europe and it spread out with the Hallstatt and La Tène cultures. In this history documentary, I look at the genetic evidence for the spread of Celts into Britain and Ireland in the Iron Age, as well as the Galatian Celts into Anatolia. Then I examine some Celtic archaeological artefacts such as the Gundestrup cauldron and the Marlborough bucket and I introduce the viewer to some of the basic aspects of Druidry and the Indo-European religion of the ancient Celts.”

Ancient History of Ireland: Newgrange, Celts, Vikings

Survive the Jive documentary on “Ancient History of Ireland: Newgrange, Celts, Vikings.”

“Ireland has a rich and fascinating ancient history; from the great megalithic structures of the Neolithic, like Newgrange, to the spectacular gold jewellery of the Indo-European Bell Beaker folk, the weapon hoards of the Irish Bronze Age, the enigmatic La Tene Celtic art of the Iron Age and the intricate knot-work of the Hiberno-Norse in the Irish Viking age. I look at all of these in this brief account of the history of Ireland, and then I discover a gothic castle called Knockdrinn, in which my ancestors lived, and which local people believe to be haunted. Finally, I read some spooky accounts of the ghostly creatures of the castle taken from the folklore collection at University College Dublin.”

The Corded Ware Culture

Dan Davis Author narrates this informative video on the early Indo-European people of the Corded Ware Culture.

“The Corded Ware culture existed between c. 3000 BC – c. 2300 BC, spanning the late Neolithic, through the Copper Age, and the early Bronze Age. The name Corded Ware comes from the cord-like impressions on their pottery. They encompassed a vast area, from the Rhine on the west to the Volga in the east, occupying parts of Northern Europe, Central Europe and Eastern Europe. They were descended from Western Steppe Herders populations (like the Yamnaya) who moved into Neolithic Europe and merged with the farming populations from the Globular Amphora culture and the Funnelbeaker culture. These people were, to one extent or another, ancestral to all northern European people from the Baltic to the Atlantic.”

Plato Describes Atlantis // First Mention of the Island

Plato presented Atlantis in Critias as an antagonistic rival to his idealistic interpretation of “Ancient Athens.” Therein his intriguing portrait of Atlantis was incredibly detailed. Plato went to great lengths of elucidation describing the history of the island, its geography, and the people who purportedly inhabited the doomed paradise before they met their end beneath the waves. How much of this tale is myth as opposed to historical fact? That question has confounding students of history and philosophy for years.

Voices of the Past is a channel dedicated to recreating the original accounts from the people who lived through events, or who lived far closer to them than we do today. We do this word for word, with an accompanying soundtrack of rousing music and images.”

Ancient Chinese Historian Describes The Roman Empire

Voices of the Past features the thoughts of an ancient Chinese historian on the Roman Empire: “Here we have the words of the early third century Chinese historian Yu Huan, who lived during the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history. Though he never left China, he collected large amounts of information on the countries to the West, chief among them the Roman Empire.”

The Tale of Ragnar Lothbrok // Icelandic Saga

Voices of the Past produced an informative narrative documentary on the Icelanic saga about Ragnar Lothbrok.

“Written in the 13th century in Iceland, the Tale Of Ragnar Lothbrok (Ragnars saga loðbrókar) tells the story of the legendary Viking king Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons, through a story of love, tragedy, trickery and of course, a dragon.”