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Prehistoric children as young as eight worked as brickmakers and miners

Watson, Traci

Nature, September 2018, Vol.561(7724), pp.445-446 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Prehistoric children as young as eight worked as brickmakers and miners
  • Autor: Watson, Traci
  • Assuntos: Archaeology ; Culture ; History ; Ceramics -- History ; Child Labor -- History ; Construction Materials -- History ; Miners -- History ; Workforce -- History
  • É parte de: Nature, September 2018, Vol.561(7724), pp.445-446
  • Descrição: Researchers excavating the ancient salt mines of Hallstatt, Austria, have discovered a child-sized leather cap dated to 1000-1300 bc, along with very small mining picks, says archaeologist Hans Reschreiter at the Natural History Museum of Vienna. Even after the advent of written records - which can document the presence of youngsters in the workforce - archaeological evidence can provide powerful illumination of the role of children. Analysis of the prints' ridges suggests that children between the ages of 8 and 13 made more than 10% of the recovered building materials, said archaeologist Povilas Blaževičius at the National Museum of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania in Vilnius during his EAA presentation.
  • Idioma: Inglês

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