Documentary: The Real Neanderthal

I’m really excited that I was asked to be a part of this CBC documentary, as part of The Nature of Things series. It comes out (in Canada…) this Friday. While I haven’t seen it in its entirety yet, there’s a nice clip here of Harry Hughes throwing a replica of Schöningen Spear II. You can see that Harry, Team GB’s star javelin thrower, hits the target with ease up to 15 metres. Then with some practice, he manages to hit it at 20 metres too. We discuss the importance of skill and training, and what this might mean for hominins who were equipped with simple wooden spears as hunting weapons. It looks like the documentary explores many of the more recent findings on Neanderthal behaviours and technologies, packed with loads of expert commentary.

Published by Annemieke Milks

I'm a Palaeolithic archaeologist with a passion for early weaponry, use of wood for tools and the origins of music.

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