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The Mammoth-hunters
« on: March 10, 2011, 19:14:18 »
Around 30,000 years ago, during the last ice age, tribes of people arrived on teh freezing plains of eastern Europe. These people quickly adapted to living in such cold and empty places. They became experts at hunting the mammoths that wandered across the plains, and they made almost everything they needed from the mammoth's bodies.



Hunting mammoths


Like other people at this time, the mammoth-hunters used a weapon called a spearthrower, which allowed them to throw their spears much farther than before. This made it possible to attack dangerous animals, such as the mammoths, from a safe distance.


Mammoth-bone huts

There were few hills or caves on the plains, so the mammoth-hunters had nowhere to shelter from the snow and wind. Because hardly any trees grew there either, people had no wood to build huts. Instead, teh mammoth-hunters made their homes from mammoth bones and skins.



Music and dancing


The mammoth-hunters made some of the first musical instruments that we know about. They used mammoth skulls and shoulder bones as drums, and hollowed out small bones to make flutes.
People probably danced to the music. Dancing may have been a way of bringing everyone in the tribe closer together. It may also have been part of a religious ceremony.


Warm clothes

In the winter, the mammoth-hunters wore warm leather clothes made from mammoth skins sewn tightly together. They also wore leather boots and fur mittens.


Shells and beads

Sometimes, people made strings of beads from shells and animal teeth, and used ivory from mammoth tusks to make bracelets. Burials have been found where the person's clothes have hundreds of beads sewn on in patterns, perhaps indicating their status. Tribe leaders may have had their own special decorations.

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Re: The Mammoth-hunters
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2011, 19:40:25 »
I must say that after doing some reading to the kids on this subject Playmobil did a really great job on this theme. It actually look like they used the images I was reading as their inspiration when designing this theme. I do hope the mammoths skull on the hut is removable as I would want to make a skull drum. The beads from shells could be made from the mermaid shells. There is more on the subject that is relevant to the cave and the fact that this is the when people began painting pictures
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Re: The Mammoth-hunters
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2011, 19:44:33 »
Thanks for this information, Ras; it was very interesting. Nice to see that playmobil has done it again! Their historical accuracy is always dead-on, or in this case their pre-historical accuracy.  ;)
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2011, 19:47:31 »
Astonishing accuracy! :D
These are great sets,
I think I may buy one or two when they come to the us. ;D
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Re: The Mammoth-hunters
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2011, 19:52:08 »
...  I do hope the mammoths skull on the hut is removable as I would want to make a skull drum.  ...

It is.
According to the German site you should be able to construct a complete skeleton from the set.
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2011, 19:53:33 »
Yes, i noticed that too, which is really cool, great for a museum.  ;D
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2011, 19:59:42 »
Very neat  :thanks:
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Re: The Mammoth-hunters
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2011, 20:00:29 »
It is.
According to the German site you should be able to construct a complete skeleton from the set.

What would be the body ? Isn't the body the hut covering
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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2011, 20:04:56 »
http://www.playmobil.de/on/demandware.store/Sites-DE-Site/de_DE/Product-Detail?pid=5101&cgid=Steinzeit It looks like either the bones of the body are under there, or maybe they are included separately and not pictured.
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« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2011, 20:21:05 »
Yes, i noticed that too, which is really cool, great for a museum.  ;D

right !
There are already some other neat skulls and skeletons as well!
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