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Neolithic women were stronger than athletes


Posted on Thursday, 30 November, 2017 | Comment icon 27 comments

Neolithic farm workers were stronger than Olympic rowers. Image Credit: Public Domain
The arms of women who lived 7,000 years ago were stronger than those of today's elite Olympic rowers.
Looking to hone your muscles to perfection without having to hit the gym on a regular basis ? The answer, it seems, may lie in taking on the daily chores of a Neolithic farm worker.

In a recent study, scientists analyzed the arm bones of women who lived during the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages and found that those who lived during the earliest days of agriculture had stronger arm muscles than today's elite rowers.

"They're farming without the plow or mechanized anything," said lead researcher Alison Macintosh.

"They have to till the soil by hand, with things like digging sticks and hoes. So that's a lot of manual work. And they also do all the planting and harvesting and the grinding of the grain to make flour."

"I felt a little vindicated for showing that women were indeed not just sitting on their butts."

"I didn't suspect that was the case, but it feels nice to provide that data from living women and to highlight that hidden history of women's work."

Source: CBC.ca | Comments (27)

Tags: Farming, Agriculture

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #18 Posted by Hammerclaw on 1 December, 2017, 16:29
One's muscular development is proportionate to one's labors. During the days of the tall ships, the ships-of-the-line, sailor's families lived on board with them, usually on the gun deck. In battle, women aided their men and even manned the cannon if a man fell. A  male child born on the gun deck was sometimes called a "son-of-a-gun(ner)", an expression we still use today, 'though the meaning is lost.
Comment icon #19 Posted by third_eye on 1 December, 2017, 16:43
Yup ... handsome little devil ain't he ... he was wandering looking for ... ~   Ooooh look at them .... arms ? ~ ~  
Comment icon #20 Posted by freetoroam on 1 December, 2017, 16:54
Hmmm. I beg to differ with this bit:   Superbly? Really? Its a bit of "art" but too much credit being given. No matter how old, its still gross.
Comment icon #21 Posted by third_eye on 1 December, 2017, 17:00
Ahhhh ... cavemen dreams ... That's probably a direct ancestor to three quarter of the world's population ...   ~
Comment icon #22 Posted by freetoroam on 1 December, 2017, 17:17
Yep...and i can see the resemblance with some of them today. "Yep, thats our g.g.g.g.g.g.g.g.g.g.g.g.g.g.g.grandma."
Comment icon #23 Posted by Stiff on 1 December, 2017, 17:45
If it weren't for the teeth he could pass for one of the doormen at our local pole dancing club. 
Comment icon #24 Posted by Tatetopa on 2 December, 2017, 3:13
Sadly, I think it started at the top.
Comment icon #25 Posted by freetoroam on 2 December, 2017, 8:31
Well it seemed to work, considering the human population just keeps growing.  Did the wimmen wear it round their necks or hanged it at the entrance of their caves? They had fertility charms.....then came the chastity belt, then contraception....and the population still keeps growing. In hindsight they did not really need a fertility charm, but they did not know how much the human race will be capable of breeding in the future.
Comment icon #26 Posted by third_eye on 2 December, 2017, 8:34
Yup ... growing a backbone was a stroke of genius ... ~
Comment icon #27 Posted by Hammerclaw on 2 December, 2017, 11:54
Great is Artemis of the Ephesians! Who knows? Women in all cultures have appealed to such deities from Diana to the Virgin Mary to succor them in childbirth and magnify their fertility. 


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