Deep History

Recently, I’ve begun to have this nagging suspicion that the history of human civilization goes back a lot farther than previously attested to. Not millions of years, obviously, but back about 10,000-12,000 years to just after the end of the last ice age. And I mean this in all seriousness, on the basis of archaeology … Continue reading Deep History

A Koku of Rice

Lately, I’ve been fascinated by the concept of a koku (石) of rice: I find it pretty neat. A koku was a Japanese unit of volume (of rice) in use especially during the Edo Period (Tokugawa Shogunate) roughly equivalent to around 278 liters, or 330 pounds, and was said to be the amount of rice needed … Continue reading A Koku of Rice