The First Drawing and Stone Age Boy - Episode 16

Two children's picturebooks are the subject of episode 16 of Prehi/stories. Picturebooks may be the first contact children have with prehistory, so we're looking at how two of the best, The First Drawing by Mordicai Gerstein and Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura, represent the remote past. In this episode my guests are Ghislaine Howard, a painter of powerful and expressive means whose works chart and interpret shared human experience. Her drawing Pregnant Self Portrait 1987 was part of the British Museum's exhibition Ice Age Art: arrival of the modern mind in 2013. I also talk to Andrew Needham, Associate Lecturer in Palaeolithic Archaeology and Post-Doctoral researcher on the Templeton funded 'Hidden Depths: The Ancestry of our Most Human Emotions' project at the University of York.


A short film, Ice Age Art: The Female Gaze, featuring Ghislaine Howard can be found at

Ghislaine Howard: The Human Touch, Paintings Drawings and Prints 1980-2016, published by Manchester School of Art in association with Martin Heaps on March 16th 2017. For further information contact or visit

Some of the following may be behind a paywall, but some are open access.
Women and Children in art

Pal Art beyond Europe

Early Pal domestication of the dog

Neanderthal art


@kimbiddulph @schprehistory
Andrew Needham @andyneedhamarch
Ghislaine Howard @ghislainehoward @ghislainehowar4

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The Inheritors - Episode 15

Matthew Pope of UCL and Beccy Scott of the British Museum shed light on the extraordinary tale of the Neanderthal Lok and his extended family written by William Golding. Given the topic of Golding's more famous work, Lord of the Flies, it's not surprising that things get a bit vicious in this book too when some other kind of humans turn up. But were our ancestors really that vile?


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Stig of the Dump - Episode 8

Editor's note: Apologies for the audio on this one. We did our best to clean it up.

Professional Neanderthal botherer Beccy Scott joins me to talk about the nation's favourite Neanderthal, Stig of the Dump. Many of you will have read this book as children, as it was published all the way back in 1963, and we talk about the popular notion of a caveman, and what people (both Neanderthal and Sapiens) might actually have been like.

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Clan of the Cave Bear: Valley of the Horses - Episode 7

I talk to the awesome superteam of bloggers, the Twilight Beasts, namely Rena Maguire, Ross Barnett and Jan Freedman, about the charismatic animals of the late Ice Age that humans in the Upper Palaeolithic watched, hunted, possibly tamed and definitely painted on cave walls. If you're interested in wild horses, sabre-tooth cats, cave lions or hyenas, listen in.



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Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel - Episode 3

Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel

What you need when discussing Clan of the Cave Bear are two Neanderthal experts, which is what I got – Rebecca Wragg Sykes of Bordeaux University and Matthew Pope of UCL, London. The fascinating subject of Neanderthal/Homo sapiens relations occupied us at length, when we weren't being diverted by thoughts of an American mini-series of the book produced by Ron Howard.

Book Details

Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel, published in 1980 by Crown Publishing Group.

Contact details

Rebecca Wragg Sykes - @lemoustier on Twitter and blog at

Matthew Pope – and on Twitter at @matthewpope

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