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Indonesians in Medieval Africa October 22, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Indonesians in Medieval Africa

Despite all the excitement about the use of DNA in history, those elusive strands have so far proved surprisingly unhelpful in our text books. The problem is that populations with similar DNA live close to each other and that it is next to impossible to give a chronological breakdown of when a given locality changes […]

Iambulus’s Island March 3, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Iambulus's Island

**Beachcombing dedicates this post to author and Diodorus scholar Ed Murphy (After the Funeral) who inspired the following** Ancient historian, Diodorus Siculus (obit 1st cent BC) has appeared before on this blog for his description of a mysterious island out in the Atlantic. However, Diodorus, at the end of his second book, also wrote about an […]

Tenth-Century Arabs in Mozambique December 28, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Tenth-Century Arabs in Mozambique

    The extraordinary reach of Islamic traders in the Middle Ages is well known. With their heartlands at the juncture of Euro-Asia and Africa – rather than stuckout on a periphery like Christian Europe – they managed to send their boats to every point of the compass. So medieval Arab traders set up bases […]