2.5 Mil - 1.5 Mil
Technology: Crude Stone Tools
Social: Limited Speech, Food Gathering, Scavengers
1.8 Mil - 30,000
Technology: Hand Axes, Stone Tools, Caves, Animal Skin clothing, Fire, Cooking
Social: Beginning of Language, Nomadic Bands, Hunting and Gathering
20,000 - 35,000
Technology: Spear point, simple shelters, skin laced together for clothing
Social: Planned burials, care for disabled
40,000 - 8,000
technology: Knives, spear throwing, bow and arrows, bone needles, fish hooks, fish nets, sewed leather clothing, sun dried pottery
social: cooperative big game hunting, status burials for leaders, cave paintings
Study of bones to learn about behavior
Study of fossils of animals and plants
is the study of human activity through the recovery and analysis of artifacts
any object touched by human hands
Radio carbon dating
Dates anything organic
Paleolithic Stone Age
2.5 Million - 12,000 BC.
Mesolithic Stone Age
12,000 BC to 8,000 BC
Neolithic Stone Age
8,000 BC to 5,000 BC
What was the impact of the Ice Ages on early humans?
Mass extinction on Hominids and land bridges enabled migration to other places
What was the Neolithic Revolution and its impact on humans?
Birth of farming food generated more than enough food, so the population increased. Specialization of labor led to the formation of villages and civilization as we know it today.