The first hunters could be not only men, but also women

The University of California conducted a new study and found that in the Andes, South America, the first hunters were not only men but also women.

Scientists have found the remains of a female hunter, which is about 9000 years old and decided to study whether women were engaged in hunting, or if this is rather an exception to the rule.

We believe that this discovery is especially relevant since today there is a lot of talk about gender divorce in work. Our ideas about primitive people are seriously tied to sex. Such a picture can give the impression that inequality is something natural. Now we can say for sure that it is not.

In 2018, during archaeological excavations in Peru, researchers discovered an early burial. It contained: a hunting set with tips for shells and tools for processing animals. It was found to be a hunter. This conclusion was made by the team’s osteologist James Watson from the University of Arizona. Watson’s assessment was later confirmed by a dental protein analysis conducted by a doctoral student at the University of California.

The find made the team of scientists wonder if this hunter was an exception to the rule, or if the early women regularly procured their own food in this way on their own.

Based on published records of Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene burials in North and South America, there were 11 women and 15 men among the 27 alleged hunters. Statistical analysis shows that between 30 and 50% of hunters in these populations were women.

According to the researchers, this is enough to conclude that the division of labor of the first people was not related to gender.

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