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Prehistory recap. Prehistory. H istory from the first hominids (5,000,000) to the invention of writing (3,000 BCE). A long period: significant cultural developments are only 30,000 years old. . Timeline. Stone Age: Paleolithic (2,500,000- 10,000 BCE) Mesolithic (10,000 – 8,000 BCE)

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prehistory
Prehistory
  • History from the first hominids (5,000,000) to the invention of writing (3,000 BCE).
  • A long period: significant cultural developments are only 30,000 years old.
timeline
Timeline
  • Stone Age:
    • Paleolithic (2,500,000- 10,000 BCE)
    • Mesolithic (10,000 – 8,000 BCE)
    • Neolithic (8,000 BCE- 3,000 BCE)
  • Landmarks:

2,500,000: first stone implements

8,000 BCE: agriculture and animal husbandry

3,000 BCE: writing and metallurgy

paleolithic
Paleolithic
  • Stone implements
  • Hunter gatherers
  • Nomadic
  • Cave paintings (ritual?: descriptive, realistic)
  • Female statuettes (fertility goddesses?)
neolithic
Neolithic
  • Agriculture
  • Permanent settlements
  • Paintings: human figures, interaction, narrative.
  • Metallurgy and writing at the end.
  • Middle East: first towns
  • West: Megalithic monuments (slower development)
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