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Neolithic Revolution

Subject: Archaeology

[Ge] A term popularized by Gordon Childe in the 1940s to reflect the huge impact on life that was made by the development and spread of farming, which he saw as one of two ...

puzzles

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James Dalgety

The Oxford Companion to the Mind (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Science and technology, Psychology, Philosophy
Length:
1,619 words
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...puzzle? Even these accidental problems can become puzzles if approached in a recreational way. ‘Cup and ball’ is one of the earliest dexterity puzzles and together with its variants, where you have to try and stab a stick through bone rings, has probably been popular since neolithic times, to develop stabbing skills. Two thousand years ago, Hero of Alexandria wrote in his work about pneumatics of various ‘trick’ vessels, among others for pouring wine and water from the same jug, and for producing ‘magic’ fountains. The Exeter Museum in England has a...

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