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A Viking slave was known as a thrall. Nowadays if someone is captivated by something they are ‘enthralled’.

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Roman baths were not just places to get clean. People went there to exercise, play games and socialise.

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The Vikings used lodestone (naturally magnetic iron ore) as a primitive compass. The north- pointing characteristic of this rock had been discovered by the Chinese 2000 years ago.

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Bathing was important for an Aztec family both for keeping clean and for purification with most homes having a stone steam bath-house next to the main adobe house.

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Glass was rare and expensive in Medieval and Tudor times and only churches or Royal palaces could afford glass windows. Wealthy noblemen and merchants used panes of polished horn which were cheaper and tougher and let in lots of light

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Wealthy Medieval people often ground up oyster shells or cuttlefish to clean teeth. This was purely for cosmetic reasons as they were unaware of the need for dental hygiene.

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A popular pastime of the Egyptians, especially for girls, was throwing and catching balls. This was not just done standing but also on piggy-back or leaping high into the air.

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The European tortoise was once plentiful in Ancient Greece and its empty shell made an excellent sound-box for the stringed instrument called the lyre.

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Roman soldiers had a pension, medical insurance and a burial fund 2,000 years ago.

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Wine was the most popular drink in Ancient Greece and was enjoyed at all times of the day. It was quite thick, needed straining and was usually diluted with water.

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