Homo Erectus House Beautiful

Homo Erectus House Beautiful

Homo Erectus House Beautiful

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Dec. 23 2009 2:41 PM

Homo Erectus House Beautiful

An amazing archaeological find in Israel shows that before even modern humans emerged, our hominid ancestors created separate zones in their living spaces for cooking and tool making. This New York Times article explains the site, an astounding 800,000 years old, indicates that there was an area for eating and food preparation (an eat-in kitchen!), and another, 25 feet away, for making stone tools (a workshop!).  I hate that my mind automatically conjures up an image of a Homo erectus female saying, "How many times have I asked you to keep your flint-napping flakes out of my pantry." There is also something deeply moving about the discovery that the desire to organize a sensible home runs so deep within us it predates even our becoming Homo sapiens.

Emily Yoffe is a contributing editor at the Atlantic.