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Quirky Archaeology Student "Born in the Wrong Generation"

Today’s world is a time of rapid change and technological innovation –– but for some, the ideal life is a much simpler one. For example, second-year Archaeology student and aspiring hunter-gatherer Allison Grey is nostalgic for a time when life made sense, and insists that she was meant to live during the Paleolithic era.

According to Allison, she has an extremely old soul — approximately 15,000 years old — and her favourite hobbies (picking blueberries, painting caves, skinning animals) perfectly match the life she could, and should, have had. “That’s the dream,” she said, “but nobody these days gets it.”

Allison mentioned that she is an especially big fan of Paleolithic music, and loves to stroll through Toronto’s haunted ravines with the songs of bone flutes filling her ears. “My dad actually got me into the era’s music scene,” she said. “Now, I’m just like a huge classic lithic fan. Catch me in the Youtube comment section of the latest so-called ‘song’ commenting, ‘I’m only 18 and I don’t listen to Lil Uzi Vert, I only listen to Ook and Hootie & the Blowfish.’”

According to Grey, she’s simply not cut out for all the complexities of the 21st century. “Jobs, taxes, and digital time just aren’t really my thing,” she revealed. “Also, I don’t understand how Bluetooth works, and frankly, I don’t want to.”

Allison is looking forward to the end of this semester so she can return to her stone tool-making and focus on her upcoming attempt to domesticate maize.

Photo Credit: Natalie Cader-Beutel



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