Chs. 1 & 2: Early Man to Early Civilizations. Prehistory to 450 B.C. Early Man Key Terms. Culture – people’s unique way of life Hominid – early upright beings Artifact – man made object from previous cultures
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Prehistory to 450 B.C.
Prehistory is the period before written records. The earliest people’s history is based on evidence compiled and studied by a variety of scientists such as
archaeologists – study artifacts
anthropologists – study culture
paleontologists – study fossils
Together these scientists have determined, based on the evidence available, how early man lived.
Paleolithic Age(Old Stone Age)
Early Art Gives Clues To
(New Stone Age)
- first written code of laws to unify the diverse people
- the code applied to all people, but not all people equally (282 specific laws compiled from common law)
Known for cuneiform writing
Supported by the Yellow & Yangtze Rivers