How did humans drink water in caveman times?


Not necessarily ~where~ humans found water – I understand it was lakes, streams, etc. – but our bodies seem so unnaturally built for hunching over a lake and drinking water. We don’t have 4 legs like other animals so we can’t do it very easily and I imagine it would hurt your back to be leaning over water like that. Did they scoop it up with their hands or something? I’m just curious if anyone definitively knows the answer to this. Thanks

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I’m not sure anyone will have a concrete answer for this because I have a hard time believing we definitively know the answer. But scooping seems to be the most ergonomic answer.

We have no way to know for sure.

But, natual human stature and build say it was most likely from a squatting position, either by cupping the hands, or using a leaf, or other rudimentary item for a cup, like chimps.

Around 14,000 BC, we started to figure out pottery, around then were our first early cups. But its safe to say, we were using hollowed out Gourds and animal bones well before that. Some of our earliest tools were probably water containers, most likely made of gourds

Used their hands or probably used large leafs or made a simple device to store water. Humans back then were very much stronger and tougher than the average human today. So I am sure a lil bit of back pain didn’t bother them!

Definitively, there is no answer. People used whatever vessels were available to transport water effectively. That includes animal skins, bamboo shoots, clay pots and many other receptacles…Water = life in primitive cultures and they cherish it accordingly.

Maybe they laid on their stomach to drink or drank from the water while bathing in the river.