Fingerprints On Ancient Pottery

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Pre-literate ancient societies seldom left us with much evidence of gender roles, but one team of researchers have found an innovative way to study the prehistoric division of labor. They’ve used prints left by potters’ fingers to show the ratio of men and women in this important trade shifted with time, challenging the idea that men’s and women’s work was fairly fixed in pre-industrial societies.

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Fingerprints On Ancient Pottery

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