What was it like to grow up in the last Ice Age?

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We often overlook the role of children in prehistory, assuming they were naive figures free of responsibility. But recent research is revealing the way Ice Age children contributed meaningfully to their community, from herding animals to making stone tools. Take for example a roughly 10,000 year old child’s burial in France, where hundreds of tiny beads made from Dentalium shells were found around their body. It likely would have taken 15-20 hours to produce the nine metres of beads found embroidered onto the child’s clothing, showing the grief their community must have felt at their passing. Read full article here

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