Came across this great post here which further underlines the points I made in my post London Day Three:Neolithic Glimpses https://cityjackdaw.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/london-day-three-neolithic-glimpses/ about how people with disabilities thousands of years ago were seemingly marked out as different, and treated as being of special status.
“Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.”
~Edwin Hubbel Chapin
A skeleton was discovered in Dolni Věstonice, an Upper Paleolithic archeological site in the Czech Republic about one hundred miles north of Vienna, Austria. This site was radiocarbon dated to approximately 26,000 years ago. While Dolni Věstonice is now arguably near the geographic center of Europe, during the Upper Paleolithic period, the area was on the edge of the glacial ice. The remains mentioned above were of a woman in her forties–old enough in those days to have been a grandparent. As an elder, she would have been important to her people. Rachel Caspari argued in Scientific American that elderly people were highly influential in prehistoric society. Grandparents assisted in childcare, perpetuated cultural transmission through storytelling and contributed to the increased complexity of stone tools through their practiced experience. In other words, during…
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