News & Opinion | December 5, 2017 11:23 am

Prehistoric Women’s Manual Labor Exceeded Athletes for 5,500 Years

New results from bone studies show differences.

prehistoric women
(Pompeii Archeological Site Press Office via AP)

New results from bones show that rigorous manual labor was an important part of prehistoric women’s lives during the advent of agriculture. The labor exceeded that of athletes for the first 5,500 years of farming in Central Europe. It appears that manual labor was a bigger part of prehistoric women’s behavior than men at the time.