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Skulls of 80 young women found in ancient mass grave

The skulls of more than 80 young women have been found in Neolithic mass grave in northern China. The women’s bodies were not present, the official news agency Xinhua said, adding that archaeologists concluded that the skulls were “likely to be related to the construction of the city wall” in “ancient

Prehistoric gender roles reexamined after grave find

A Bronze Age grave containing metal-working tools has been found to have belonged to a woman, surprising researchers who previously believed metalwork was a job carried out exclusively by men. The Museum of Ancient History in Lower Austria says the grave originates from the Bronze Age around 2,000 years before the

Ancient statue depicts naked female gladiator

A new study of a 2,000-year-old statue suggests that it depicts a topless female gladiator. The gladiator statue shows a topless woman, wearing only a loincloth and a bandage around her left knee. Her hair is long, although neat, and in the air she raises what the researcher, Alfonso Manas of

Face of Viking woman reconstructed

Researchers in Scotland have digitally reconstructed the face of a Viking woman who lived 1,000 years ago. The archaeologists also excavated four female skeletons, one of which served as the basis for the new digital reconstruction. Caroline Erolin, a lecturer at the University of Dundee’s Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification,

Beer used to be a women-only industry

According to one author, beer was the domain of women and for thousands of years only they were allowed to operate breweries and drink beer. Nearly 7,000 years ago in Mesopotamia and Sumeria, so important were their skills that they were the only ones allowed to brew the drink or

Bones show tough life of medieval women

Analysis of bones from the medieval village of Wharram Percy show the women of the time were large and well-muscled from the hard labour they did. "The differences are really quite pronounced," said Simon Mays, of English Heritage, who has measured 120 sets of women's bones from the site. "Women at

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