The Upper Paleolithic Age

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Many factors have shaped our knowledge of the Upper- Paleolithic age and beyond, we have even made discoveries that have changed everything we once thought we knew. Some of the most amazing discoveries were the findings of the Windover people, Kennewick, Cheddar, and Otzi. These findings have changed our perspectives of the Stone Age, and of how ancient peoples lived their lives. In Central Florida about 168 bodies were found in an ancient burial ground. The bodies were able to be preserved due to the peat- bottomed pond. Although these bodies are skeletons, they were so well- preserved that over half still contain brain matter. The discovery of these people changed our thought about how the ancient people lived. We once believed that the communities would get rid of the weak and ill people that could not contribute, but that is not so and the truth is quite opposite. A boy with Spina Bifida was discovered to have lived until the age of roughly 15. An exposed spinal chord would seem impossible to survive with, yet somehow (with little to no medicinal knowledge), these people kept him alive for all those years. A little girl was also found buried with her belongings such as a rattle which shows they wanted her to always have her favorite toys with her. These acts show that the Windover people were actually a very strong and caring community. We also used to believe that most ancient people were always on the move following their food, but these early Floridians were stable. They were sedentary hunter gatherers, and with the huge burial ground they must have had to have a solid community. The Windover people also contain the oldest woven materials found to date in the Americas. Eighty-seven samples of weaving, basketry, wood working and clothing inform us more on the lives these people lived. On the shore of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington,…...

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