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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)