Archaeologists at the University of York are challenging the traditional view that Neanderthal childhood was difficult, short and dangerous.
Researchers from PALAEO (Centre for Human Palaeoecology and Evolutionary Origins) and the Department of Archaeology at York offer a new view which suggests Neanderthal children had strong connections in their social group, used play to develop skills and played a significant role in their society.
Archaeologists also studied cultural and social evidence to explore the experience of Neanderthal children.
They found that Neanderthal childhood experience was subtly different from that of their modern human counterparts in that it had a greater focus on social relationships within their group.
The study of child burials, meanwhile, reveals that the young may have been given particular attention when they died, with generally more elaborate graves than older individuals.
Doors open today to the 'Revealing York Minster' exhibition. The chambers below the cathedral floor are housing artefacts charting the 2000 year history of the building.
The space beneath the tower was dug out in the 1970s to help stabilise the tower which was in danger of collapsing. Archaeological digs have now helped to map out more clearly the history of the site including the previous buildings which stood there. The historical finds are now on display.
An exhibition has opened at Red House Museum showcasing memories of life in Gomersal in the last century. 'Greetings from Gomersal' features recorded interviews from the Kirklees Sound Archive with Gomersal residents talking about their memories of life in the village.
The University of Sheffield has made Parliamentary history by offering a module that is accredited and co-taught by the House of Commons.
The module, as part of the Politics Department undergraduate degree, will teach about how policies affect the history and future of assemblies and legislatures around the world. Students will get a "behind the scenes" experience of the House of Commons next month.