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Growing tension

Early humans built ephemeral brushwood structures for shelter, but the first semi-permanent habitations were almost certainly 'fabric' covered. Tanned animal skins can be durable and weatherproof and could be sown together with bone needles and dried sinew to form quite large canopies. Draped over a wood or mammoth-bone framework these formed the ideal dwelling for the semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers of the time.

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