People sometimes think that in those days if you lived to 40 that was about as good as it got. But that’s not true. For people living traditional lives without modern medicine or markets the most common age of death is about 70, and that is remarkably similar across all different cultures. Older people have been very much ignored in archaeological studies and part of the reason for that has been the inability to identify them. When you are determining the age of children you use developmental points like tooth eruption or the fusion of bones that all happen at a certain age. Once people are fully grown it becomes increasingly difficult to determine their age from skeletal remains, which is why most studies just have a highest age category of 40 plus or 45 plus.
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