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H 245 x W 174 mm

76 pages

Highly illustrated throughout in full colour

Published Apr 2024

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803276670

Digital: 9781803276687

DOI 10.32028/9781803276670

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Ice Age; Survival; Childhood in the past; Gender; Prehistory

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Living in the Ice Age

By Elle Clifford, Paul Bahn

Foreword by Chris Packham

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This colourful book, aimed at younger readers, takes you on a highly illustrated journey through daily life in Ice Age Europe, and tells you the things you’d need to know to survive! Explore the types of houses, food, clothes and toys people created, and their relationship with the natural environment - would have liked to live back then?



Foreword by Chris Packham

Welcome to the Ice Age

What did people look like?

Where did people live?

Case study: Two boys from Sunghir

Ice Age food

Were people fit and healthy?

Did our Ice Age ancestors look after their sick and disabled?

Making clothes during the Ice Age

Jewellery and craftwork

Drawing on rocks and cave walls

Was every day a play-day or a school-day for children in the Ice Age?

Did children have toys to play with?

Dogs as hunting aids and pets

Are we able to learn anything from our Ice Age ancestors?

Archaeological methods



About the Author

Elle Clifford began her career lecturing in social and developmental psychology, and researching stress and women’s reproductive health. She published over a dozen academic papers on these topics. She then acquired a Master’s degree in prehistory at York University with a thesis on cave art and mythological worlds. In recent years Elle has accompanied Paul on visits to more than 50 of the most important decorated caves. They have co-authored two papers on the so-called ‘Lion Man’ figurine of the Ice Age.

Paul Bahn has a PhD in archaeology from Cambridge University, and for decades has been an independent researcher, writing and editing a wide range of archaeological books, including several on Ice Age art. He also lectures on numerous tours to the decorated Ice Age caves.

Chris Packham is well renowned as a naturalist, television presenter, writer, photographer, conservationist, campaigner and filmmaker.


'[A] short, accessible publication aimed at younger readers... the book offers an informative overview of many elements of life 40,000 to 12,000 years ago (particularly those related to children and families), busting old myths, and introducing an array of archaeological methods and concepts in a fun and engaging way. Helpfully illustrated with colourful maps, reconstruction drawings and photos, this book will doubtless capture the imaginations of younger readers and those new to the subject.'Amy Brunskill (2024): Current Archaeology