OK so I promised joeymahone I'd do a quiz today while his boss was still away. The deal was a history quiz, but my speciality is prehistory. So I did one that covers the more underappreciated aspects of the past. So this is kind of palaeogeography/geology/palaeoanthropology/archaeology/ancient history based. It’s also pretty global in focus, to confound all you Eurocentrics. Basically, I just wanted to use the words ‘Igbo-Ukwu’ and 'Xbalenque' on DiS.
It might be a bit fiendish to be honest and there may be some unanswered questions at the end, but I’m going with it now, suckers.
1. What are the names of the two landmasses which were created by the split of the Pangaea supercontinent?
2. Geological periods - fill in the blanks:
Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, a) [_______], Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, b) [_______], Palaeocene, c) [_______] Oligocene, Miocene, Pliocene, d) [_______], Holocene
3. In which present day country were the following ancient ‘cultures’/technocomplexes situated, or if more widely distributed, where is the type site after which they were named?
f) La Tène
4. What was the name of Tutankhamun’s famous father, and why was he particularly significant in ancient Egyptian history?
5. Identify the following archaeological sites. What present day country are they in?
5. i) What connects all these sites?
6. What connects Inanna, Artemis, Lizu and Xbalenque?
7. What was the nickname given to the Australopithecus afarensis skeleton found at Hadar in Ethiopia, and what was it named after?
8. These are all ancient names for current cities, or ancient settlements on which present day cities were founded. What is the present name?
9) What species is most commonly considered to be the common ancestor of Neanderthals and humans?
10. Who is depicted in each of these images? Some of them are historical figures, some fictional characters/gods:
11. Who is renowned for presiding over the earliest known written codes of law in history?
12. What is the most ridiculously over-studied period/topic in history at school?