Top 10 things that haven’t changed for millennia (and it’s a bit crazy)

We’ve already told you about the stuff that’s older than you think. We had already banged hard, but there… Prepare to be completely swayed (a southern word, which you can translate by much duller verbs like “surprise” or “amaze”): there are things we do (or that we have) today, and which have existed for… Thousands of years. Absolutely crazy this story!

1. The appearance of the human body

There is no precise date, simply because the humans we are today are the result of a long evolution. On the other hand, one only has to look at ancient ceramics in Greece or the palette of Narmer on the Egyptian side, to realize that humans looked very similar to ours, thousands of years ago. years. To give you an idea, the Narmer palette (also called the “great palette of Hierakonpolis”) dates from 3100 BC!

2. Prehistoric men were already carving dicks

Oh no, band of clever little ones! We didn’t expect you to draw dicks on the wall of the college toilets or carve them on the classroom tables. Even if you feel particularly intelligent, stylish and rebellious when you glorify the kiki, you haven’t invented anything. Really. Pretty drawings and engravings of phallus have been found in prehistoric caves. Among these small works of art: the phallus of the Abri Blanchard, carved in a buffalo horn around 30,000 years ago.

3. We were already playing board games

The first traces of board games date back to around 2600 BC (i.e. more than 4600 years ago). We then find the “Go! in Asia or Mehen (a game similar to modern goose) and Senet in Egypt. Phew, right?

4. We’ve been sitting on chairs for a very long time.

The oldest depictions of chairs are found in ancient Egyptian art and classical Greek art. During the first Egyptian dynasty (-3185 to -2925) already, they were found in the residences of the wealthiest people! Nothing incredible overall, but you’ll think about it as you sit down tonight.

5. We already wore moccasins 5000 years ago

Incredible but true ! THE right shoe par excellence is much older than one would have thought. In 2010, a leather moccasin was found deep in an Armenian cave. In perfect condition, it is nevertheless 5,500 years old, according to carbon dating. (Source)

6. We’ve been drinking wine for a long time…

In the Bible, Jesus says “take, and drink of it all, this is my blood” raising a cup of wine (and something tells us that he was not very sober to confuse blood with alcohol, but let’s move on). Even earlier, in Greek mythology, Dionysus appears as a (half) god of the vine, wine and its excesses. Same thing on the side of Roman mythology, but we speak of “Bacchus”. Mentions that are not surprising since the first vines would have appeared 6000 years BC in the Caucasus and Mesopotamia, in -3000 in Egypt, then in Greece, the following millennium.

7. … and bread has almost always shared our daily lives

And there, you will be on your ass, but… Yes, prehistoric men already consumed it, more than 30,000 years ago! So let’s stop yelling at all costs that “Yes yes, the baguette, the bread, it’s French, Paris, the Eiffel Tower”. Bread, like berries or game, is prehistoric! (Source)

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Credits photo (CC BY-SA 3.0) : Original uploaded by Klaus Höpfner to German Wikipedia.

8. People have been sleeping with each other since the dawn of time.

Well yeah ! Otherwise, how can I tell you, we wouldn’t really be here to talk about it, in fact. I’m not going to give you a diagram, but that’s often how babies are made, in fact. Moreover, millennia ago, we were a little less stuck in the derche on the question! As an indication, the kama sutra was written in the 4th century.

9. Our (very distant) ancestors also paid taxes

So no, we didn’t do a tax return, kilos of paperwork and all the stuff, but the principle was more or less the same: to give of your personal wealth, which was hardly amassed by the sweat of your brow, for others . There were several forms of it during antiquity. In Greece, there was, for example, the “eisphora” (exceptional tax on capital, to meet war-related expenses) or the “liturgy” (paid by the richest for the people). (Source)

10. Living beings have always lost their lives on the day of their death.

And die of having lost their lives. Find me a single counterexample. I wait.

11. Bonus: The Queen of England

No source, and only one question: do you think she got along well with Tutankhamun?

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