14 Facts About Stone Age


Stone Age was a broad prehistoric period during which stone was widely used to make tools with an edge, a point, or a percussion surface.

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The Stone Age is further subdivided by the types of stone tools in use.

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Stone Age is the first period in the three-age system frequently used in archaeology to divide the timeline of human technological prehistory into functional periods, with the next two being the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, respectively.

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The Stone Age is commonly divided into three distinct periods: the earliest and most primitive being the Paleolithic era; a transitional period with finer tools known as the Mesolithic era; and the final stage known as the Neolithic era.

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The transition from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age was a period during which modern people could smelt copper, but did not yet manufacture bronze, a time known as the Copper Age .

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Study of the Stone Age has never been limited to stone tools and archaeology, even though they are important forms of evidence.

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Stone Age therefore proposed a relative chronology of periods with floating dates, to be called the Earlier and Later Stone Age.

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The Stone Age must have begun there to be carried repeatedly to Europe by migrant populations.

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Stone Age explains the last of the Acheulean in Germany at 0.

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Neolithic, or New Stone Age, was approximately characterized by the adoption of agriculture.

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However, since then Radiocarbon dating has shown that the Middle Stone Age is in fact contemporaneous with the Middle Paleolithic.

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The Early Stone Age therefore is contemporaneous with the Lower Paleolithic and happens to include the same main technologies, Oldowan and Acheulean, which produced Mode 1 and Mode 2 stone tools respectively.

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One is reminded of Otzi the Iceman, a Copper Stone Age mummy revealed by an Alpine melting glacier, who collapsed from loss of blood due to an arrow wound in the back.

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For example, a 2003 documentary series showing the evolution of humans through the Stone Age was called Walking with Cavemen, but only the last programme showed humans living in caves.

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