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Historical discussion! Mostly ancient history.

Ember of a New World

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My first book is now available to buy!

Ember of a New World Cover

Ember of a New World Cover

I have just released my first book, Ember of a New World!

I’m working on two more books, even now! 🙂

The book is on sale at a very reasonable price for an eBook of $4.99 at Lulu.com, and soon at Amazon.

Website: http://EmberofaNewWorld.com
Purchase: http://www.lulu.com/shop/tom-watson/ember-of-a-new-world/ebook/product-21954842.html

[About]
Ember of a New World is the heroic tale of a young woman’s struggle to survive in the wild world of early Neolithic Europe. Ember journeys from her tribe’s village on the river Rhine across the wilds of prehistoric Europe in search of the Ends of the World. Along the way, she faces raiders, wolves, the North Sea, and her own struggle to find herself in a world where women rarely tread. The setting is 5500 BCE Europe at the dawn of the Neolithic era in what would one day be known as Germany. Every effort has been made to bring historical accuracy to the book, from clothing and tools to language and religion.

[Five Reviewer’s Wanted!]
If you are interested in reviewing my book, please contact me. I will choose five reviewers and reimburse them for their purchase of my eBook ($4.99) BEFORE they review my book. My reimbursement has nothing to do with your review (it would be posted on the Lulu site and not to me, anyway). So, you come out even (no profit and no loss).

Note: Only contact me for a review if you have an example of something you have written online which you can provide in a link. It doesn’t have to be amazing, but I am trying to weed out Trolls. 🙂 Please be 18 years or older (no offense to the youth). Tom@EmberofaNewWorld.com

P.S. If nothing more, let your friends know about the website and maybe they might get a copy. It’s less than the cost of a burger and fries.

The Ancient History Of Europe (Ramblings)

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This is a rambling about ancient neolithic europe! Enjoy the info!

Also, be sure to look into your own ethnic history! God far back too! Always interesting.

Ember of a New World

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My website for my up and coming book is now ready with it’s new update. I was a web designer long ago and I can program in my sleep but I find it takes too long and is too much work to update, by hand, a website. I wrote some php code to do it for me but I wasn’t satisfied.

So…

I installed the same Word Press engine on my book website as I use here and poof! Onstage site.

www.EmberOfaNewWorld.com

Check it out!

My Book

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Ember of a New World Prototype Cover

My first full novel, Ember of a New World, is comming along fine. I am in the final proofing stage and expect to publish sometime in february.

Ember of a New World is a historical fiction designed to teach people about the Neolithic Period though a powerful and captivating story of a young woman named Ember. The reader will follow Ember as she travels through the wilds of early neolithic Europe. I chose Ember, a woman, because she would have the skills needed for basic survival but not any experience with the wide open world (women of the time were most likey village-bound in general). This makes the world new and adventurous to her and keeps the wild lands from being mundane, as they might be for a young male, already trained as a hunter.

Chili of Ancient Times – A Historical Look at Chili!

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A short document I wrote about the origins of Chili!

Chili of Ancient Times

By Tom Watson

“Chili”, or more accurately Chili Con Carne {literally “Chili Peppers and Meat”},

is more than a combination of local fruits and meat available to the cattle ranchers of

Texas; It is the culmination of nearly 9500 years of experience and a simple spark of

ingenuity. Before the recent history of the dish may be digested, we must first understand

how Chili Con Carne came to be invented. To do this we must look at the ingredients, the

cultures surrounding them and the final motives involved in the creation of this great

dish.

Before we can understand the ingredients we must understand the culture that put

them together. Often Chili is thought to have been created in Texas; while this is true it

cannot be over looked that the Chili Pepper was first cultivated in central Mexico by pre-

Aztec cultures. Around 8000 BC, during the Early Archaic Period, people first began to

cultivate native Chili plants and use them in their food. We can surmise who these people

were based upon the most probable origin of the first domesticated Chili peppers

(Rountree).

The modern Common Red Chili Pepper, Capsicum annuum (Diamond), is

thought to have been domesticated from wild variants found in central Mexico.

(Pickersgill) This is based upon chromosomal comparison. Nearly every genetic aspect of

modern C. annuum is found in the wild “weedy forms” for the species found in central

Mexico. This evidence is supported by recent genetic tests performed in which tests of

native C. annuum from northwestern Mexico and central Mexico revealed that the central

Mexican plants matched our modern domesticated plants more closely (Casas).

C. annuum has been a part of human diet in the regions of central and northern

Mexico for nearly 12,000 years and may have been cultivated as early as 10,500 years

ago. (Diamond) It can only be expected that the word “Chili” comes from the Spanish

word Chile, which in-turn was derived from the Na’huatl (pronounced: “Na-Ha’Whatle)

word for the pepper. Na’huatl was the ancient language of the Aztecs, who in-turn where

the descendents of the inhabitants of central Mexico (Rountree).

The first ingredient in Chili Con Carne is of course Chili Peppers

C. annuum, “Chili”, is often thought of as a vegetable; however it is in actuality a fruit. C.

Annuum is actually part of the Nightshade family of plants, Solanaceae (“pepper”). This

fruit owes its spicy flavor and pungent aroma to a simple oily chemical produced by the

plant called capsaicin. (Blumberg) Capsaicin is noted for its ability to cause the sensation

of heat when exposed to mammalian tissue. This effect was probably developed as a

natural defense mechanism for the plant but used by humans as a flavoring agent.

Meat has been a part of the human diet for several million years and is necessarily

a part of life in most human societies. The Aztec people where no exception to this fact.

Consumption of meat was a part of the diet of most Aztecs. The Aztecs probably started

adding salt and other native spices to their food in the same manor as nearly all other

peoples of the time (Rountree).

Meat spoilage is often cited as a primary reason for adding spices to meat in warm

climates. This is due to modern misconceptions of ancient food preparation. During

recent times humans have had to contend with meat being slaughtered and then traversing

great distances before being consumed. In the ancient world of archaic period Mexico

such concepts were untested. Food would most likely be eaten within an area

geographically close to the place in which it was obtained. This may be seen in most

cultures of the time (Diamond).

Blumberg, Peter M., Szallasi, Arpad, “Vanilloid (Capsaicin) Receptors and

Mechanisms”: June 1999 Copyright © 1999 by The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Vol. 51, Issue 2, 159-212,

Casas, Alejandro; Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Antonio; Garzon-Tiznado, Jose Antonio;

Hernandez-Verdugo, Sergio; Sanchez, Carla; Sanchez-Pena, Pedro; Oyama, Ken.

“Genetic structure of wild and domesticated populations of Capsicum

annuum (Solanaceae) from northwestern Mexico analyzed by RAPDs.” May 2006: Genetic Resources & Crop Evolution. 53(3):553-562,

Diamond, Jared. “Evolution, consequences and future of plant and animal

domestication.” Nature: 8 August 2002:700-707. Nature International Weekly Journal of Science. Accessed 20 Apr. 2006

“pepper.” Encyclopædia Britannica. 2006. Encyclopædia Britannica

Premium Service. 24 Apr. 2006.

http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?tocId=9059164

Pickersgill, Barbara, “Taxonomy and the origin and evolution of cultivated plants in the

New World.” Nature: Vol. 268, August 1977. Nature International Weekly Journal of Science. Accessed April 21th

Rountree, Dr. Helen C. Personal. 06 Apr. 2006

“Summary: Characteristics of prehistoric periods.” Mississippi Historical Society ©

2000–2006. 22 accessed: Apr. 2006

mshistory.k12.ms.us/features/ feature32/archaeology_summary.pdf