Research NewsArchaeology

Ice Age Communities May Be Earliest Known Net Hunters

+ See all authors and affiliations

Science  29 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5330, pp. 1203-1204
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5330.1203

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text


Researchers tend to picture the people of Ice Age Europe as big-game hunters where masculine muscle and brawn were essential to survival. New discoveries from the Czech Republic indicate, however, that the Gravettian people--who lived from Spain to southern Russia some 29,000 to 22,000 years ago--used nets rather than speed and might to capture vast numbers of hares, foxes, and other mammals. That would make them the earliest known net hunters, and it may help explain the larger, more settled populations that are a hallmark of Gravettian times.