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Bronze Age phonograph

Basic question Armed with a special type of extremely responsive leather, and with giant civilizations willing to pour every resource they have into this problem, after discovering the concept of ...
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How quickly could a bronze age society be reborn after regressing due to a mass extinction and ice age?

In my setting's history a rome analogue has somehow managed to conquer the entirety of a eurasia sized continent. An advanced bronze age society with significant understanding of magic. As a cooling ...
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Is it feasible to kiln-dry timber in the same kiln that is used to fire ceramics?

In the story I'm writing, my modern-day characters have the need to produce a great quantity of bricks in a relatively primitive setting and society, equivalent to ancient Sumeria. They have access ...
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Peak Copper Age Society

How far could the technology of a copper age society get; Could they work up to the level of late antiquity? Context: Im working on a si-fi/fantasy world were people have been transplanted onto a ...
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Could the source of nightly attacks from underground on a bronze age society stay undetected for an extended period of time [closed]

In a short story I am writing, a human kingdom on the technological level of late bronze age greece, has begun to be raided by a species of cruel catfolk called grimalkin. The humans are neither aware ...
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Could advanced Aboriginal Australians have domesticated the Emus/Cassowaries?

In an alternate universe where Eurasia is less advanced and the native peoples of the Americas and Australia build powerful civilizations, what animals could be domesticated that weren't domesticated ...
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If Aluminum was non-reactive, could there have been an "Aluminum Age" instead of a Bronze Age?

Aluminum is the most common metal on Earth. Despite this fact, this element wasn't discovered until the 19th Century. This is because Aluminum is never naturally found in the ground. Instead, aluminum ...
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Would intelligent humanoid carnivores start a civilization?

Let's say in an alternate world, Homo Sapiens died out but another Homo species evolved. Homo Carnivorous is very similar to Homo Sapiens with one big difference. Homo Carnivorous can only digest meat ...
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If linen armor is really that effective, why was it not used? [closed]

Looking into possible lines of development of armor in low-tech civilization, I came across this: https://jhupress.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/unraveling-the-linothorax-mystery-or-how-linen-armor-came-to-...
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A meteor falls in a Mediterranean-like sea: what is the impact?

A meteor with a diameter of 300 meters crashes into the middle of a circular sea with a radius of 1500 km and with a speed of 30 km/s. Civilizations (and humanity as a whole) that are situated around ...
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What Bronze Age Jobs Couldn't be Replaced by Extremely Well Trained Animals?

In this setting magpies and mammoths have been domesticated for hundreds of millennia, allowing them to become far more diligent and trainable than dogs by a wide margin. The mammoths come in full ...
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How can I justify an Iron monopoly?

In my world, only 2 cultures (who share a common ancestor, but are rivals) regularly use Iron, which they have for hundreds of years now, the rest of the many, many cultures have naught but bronze, ...
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A Unified, Global Bronze Age, How It Would Affect America [closed]

Here are the points of departure to this scenario: China, not Southwestern Asia, began the Bronze Age in 3300 BCE Either China or the nearby steppes of Central Asia, not Eastern Europe, was the ...
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With modern knowledge, what would be the most effective way to smelt iron with bronze age technology?

Basically, assuming you have all of modern human knowledge about smelting iron/steel, and the technology level you have is approximately bronze age, what would be the most effective approach to turn ...
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How Quickly Can you Get From a Population Of 100 Humans to a Walled City-State?

For an RPG, I'm building a world that is the inverse of the fantasy world which contains ancient ruins and long-lost arcane secrets. This world will be home to the folks who built those first ...
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What MacGuffin can convince a "bronzish" age city state with no stakes on a war to go to war [closed]

First of all, not sure if it's a worldbuilding question but I've read some of the questions here and on RPG stack exchange and my question seemed more fit for this stack exchange. Hope I'm right. I'm ...
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What would be the most lethal melee weapon for trunks creature on land?

Imagine a race of intelligent humanoid beings standing almost 2m tall with 2 trunks instead of arms for handling and gripping objects, these trunk-like arms are similar to the elephant's except they ...
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What is the realistic approach for a person from modern age to build a modern weapon factory in the Bronze Age?

I often read a light novel that tells a story about a person who is transferred from their high tech modern society Earth to a fantasy land. These persons often have some expertise in modern science ...
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Could Bronze-Age Nomads Effectively Utilize Chariots for Warfare?

Horses were first domesticated on the steppes around 3500 BC, but the horse would not be ridden directly into battle for at least two more millennia. Instead chariots ruled the battlefields of the ...
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Could a Greater Relative Abundance of Tin Extend a Bronze Age?

Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin, and copper is a significantly more abundant metal in the Earth’s Crust, at about 70 PPM compared to tin at 2 PPM. Because tin was the limiting factor in bronze ...
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Ancient 3D Printing

Worldbuilding Stack Exchange. I ask for your aid. In my project, an Bronze-age alien civilization living near the coast has discovered a mollusk that can secrete ooze that later hardens into nacre, ...
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How Could People Utilize a Hypereutrophic Sea?

In a previous post I asked about the feasibility of connecting the ocean to a dried sea bed with hand tools and it was pointed out how environmentally disastrous this would be. So the bronze age ...
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How long would it take to dig a 10 km canal with Bronze Age technology?

There’s a a decent sized kingdom that is situated between the ocean and a gigantic dried out seabed. The Priest-King and his lackeys want to flood the useless desert because who wouldn’t want more ...
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Worthy bipedal challenger for dominant species of large frogs possessing medieval technology [closed]

I'm looking for a bit of inspiration to help me with a bit of writer's block I've got going on at the moment. In my novel, "A Tale of Galaxies", every being is bipedal due to various peculiarities of ...
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Getting fresh water in the middle of hypersaline lake in the Bronze Age

An ancient kingdom covers a several rivers in a desert basin all converging on a central, hypersaline, lake. Because of its central location, and the importance of the salt, the lake has important ...
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Bronze Age Underwater Civilization

I was thinking of an alternate history, in a part of a civilization, living along the Eastern Mediterranean, during the Bronze Age moves to the sea floor to found an underwater civilization. They ...
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Low-gravity Bronze Age fortifications

I’m designing a human Bronze Age civilization on a world with only ⅓ of Earth’s gravity. This reduced gravity will allow humans to jump much higher than they could on Earth. It will also allow humans ...
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How do you conduct xenoanthropology after first contact?

In the very near future, humans (somehow) travel to a distant planet - and discover aliens who turn out to be uncannily like us. Their appearance is, to put it bluntly, freakish, but they are humanoid ...
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Ancient Egypt - Primitive Blockchain Technology

Premise The goal is to implement a bronze age version of blockchain in ancient Egypt to introduce a layer of security for the royal tombs. Tomb raiding was rampant, and at times even the legitimate ...
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How would lower gravity influence Bronze Age projectile weaponry?

How would lower gravity, let’s say around ½ of Earth’s, change the efficacy of different Bronze Age projectile weapons? How would the effective range, accuracy, and penetrating power of bows, javelins,...
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How would a Bronze Age tribe arm themselves vs. dinosaurs?

In this world, a Bronze Age tribe hunts and is hunted by multiple species of large dinosaur. What bronze age weaponry would be utilized by these people for the purposes of combating these beasts, ...
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Effects of Homeopathy on technology in the Bronze Age

What would be the most significant impacts on bronze-age technology if the basic principles behind homeopathy worked? Let's say, that during the bronze age, some crafty philosopher discovered, that ...
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Bronze age Aztecs?

We see from The Zande People that a culture can remain in a tribal mentality yet have steel weaponry. We also see that their weaponry evolved after having access to metals. I am wondering how ...
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Building and powering a computer in a bronze age world

A character needs to build a computer out of raw materials in a bronze age. He has a nano scale factory, so manufacturing chips and such from silicon is possible, but I'm not sure of the best way to ...
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