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Riddle of the Bones: Gender Revolution

Hunting men, gathering women — that is the picture of prehistory as many of us know it. The man as a hunter was long regarded as the main breadwinner of the family and is said to have been at the top of society from the very beginning of human history. Wrong, say many researchers today.

With this theory, early archaeologists only postulated the status quo in the 19th and early 20th century as “natural.” But not every discovery fit into this picture and meanwhile more and more misinterpretations are coming to light. Stone Age artists, rich princesses from the Bronze Age and axe-swinging female Vikings actually existed. Scientific methods that are usually used in forensics are helping researchers worldwide to gain new insights.