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In the Late Middle Ages in the Netherlands, were there already shops where clothing, furniture and food was for sale (NL)?

At crossings of trade roads (over land and water) often, places were set up for (year)markets. These places were often occupied only a part of the year, but the most important ones grew out to permanent settlements and eventually complete towns...

How do you make linen out of flax (NL)?

Flax is an annual plant which grows to 60 - 100 cms. The length of the plant is important because it equals the length of the fibres. The plant blossoms with white or light blue flowers. After the blossoming, small seed boxes remain...

What crops did prehistoric people grow and what herbs did they collect (CZ)?

The composition of grown plants differs both regionally and temporarily and is dependent on the climate, local conditions, fertility of soil and so on...

When did people start to cook in prehistory (I mean more complicated meals, not just roasting or drying) (CZ)?

We cannot say for sure. We presume cooking from the Neolithic on when they started to use ceramic vessels – they prepared various gruels or soups, but it was possible...

How did the people of the lake fortress dress (LV)?

Excavated material permits reconstruction of the dress of the people living on the island. Women wore long linen shirts with half-length or full length sleeves. Simple wraparound skirts were made from a rectangular piece of woollen fabric...

Did they have beds in the Early Middle Ages (NL)?

No beds are known from the Netherlands from the early Middle ages. In Oseberg and Gokstad (Norway) two beds were found. They look surprisingly modern: they even have a slatted bed base...

Did people already have wine bottles in the Celtic area in Austria (AT)?

No, the wine was served in large bronze buckets (Situlae). The Celts did however use bottle shaped vessels from clay, the so called lentil bottles.

What did the people of the lake fortress eat (LV)?

The islanders’ diet was very diverse – cereals, turnips, the meat of hunted and domestic animals, milk, eggs and fish. Vegetable oil was obtained from linseed and the seeds of gold-of-pleasure...

What was the occupation of the people living in the lake fortress (LV)?

They were mainly engaged in agriculture, stock-keeping, forest bee keeping, crafts and trade. Also important was the utilisation of wild resources: fishing and hunting, especially the...

What did people eat in the Iron Age (NL)?

For sure no potatoes or tomatoes, these originate in America. Food was only seasonally available: bread and porridge was always available where there was cereal - by the end of the Winter, people often suffered from hunger...

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