Sunday, February 11, 2018

Excavating children's toys

ARCHAEOLOGY: Ancient kids’ toys have been hiding in the archaeological record (Bruce Bower, ScienceNews). Real, ancient toys, not like this and this.
Unusual finds in Israel dating to around 3,000 years ago also represent children’s early attempts to mimic adult craftwork, Garroway said in a November 18 presentation in Boston at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Numerous rounded clay disks, each pierced with two holes, have mystified investigators for nearly a century. As early as 1928, an archaeologist suggested that these button-sized objects were toys.

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