Stone Age

  • Ġgantija temples in gozo, malta, some of the world's oldest free-standing structures
    the stone age
    before homo (pliocene)

    paleolithic

    lower paleolithic
    early stone age
    homo
    control of fire
    stone tools
    middle paleolithic
    middle stone age
    homo neanderthalensis
    homo sapiens
    recent african origin of modern humans
    upper paleolithic
    later stone age
    behavioral modernity, atlatl,
    origin of the domestic dog

    epipalaeolithic
    mesolithic

    microliths, bow and arrows, canoe
    natufian
    khiamian
    tahunian
    heavy neolithic
    shepherd neolithic
    trihedral neolithic
    pre-pottery neolithic

    neolithic

    neolithic revolution,
    domestication
    pottery neolithic
    pottery
    chalcolithic

    the stone age was a broad prehistoric period during which stone was widely used to make implements with an edge, a point, or a percussion surface. the period lasted roughly 3.4 million years[1] and ended between 8700 bce and 2000 bce with the advent of metalworking.[citation needed]

    stone age artifacts include tools used by modern humans and by their predecessor species in the genus homo, and possibly by the earlier partly contemporaneous genera australopithecus and paranthropus. bone tools were used during this period as well but are rarely preserved in the archaeological record. the stone age is further subdivided by the types of stone tools in use.

    the stone age is the first period in the three-age system of archaeology, which divides human technological prehistory into three periods:

    • the stone age
    • the bronze age
    • the iron age
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Ġgantija temples in Gozo, Malta, some of the world's oldest free-standing structures
The Stone Age
before Homo (Pliocene)

Paleolithic

Lower Paleolithic
Early Stone Age
Homo
Control of fire
Stone tools
Middle Paleolithic
Middle Stone Age
Homo neanderthalensis
Homo sapiens
Recent African origin of modern humans
Upper Paleolithic
Later Stone Age
Behavioral modernity, Atlatl,
Origin of the domestic dog

Epipalaeolithic
Mesolithic

Microliths, Bow and arrows, Canoe
Natufian
Khiamian
Tahunian
Heavy Neolithic
Shepherd Neolithic
Trihedral Neolithic
Pre-Pottery Neolithic

Neolithic

Neolithic Revolution,
Domestication
Pottery Neolithic
Pottery
Chalcolithic

The Stone Age was a broad prehistoric period during which stone was widely used to make implements with an edge, a point, or a percussion surface. The period lasted roughly 3.4 million years[1] and ended between 8700 BCE and 2000 BCE with the advent of metalworking.[citation needed]

Stone Age artifacts include tools used by modern humans and by their predecessor species in the genus Homo, and possibly by the earlier partly contemporaneous genera Australopithecus and Paranthropus. Bone tools were used during this period as well but are rarely preserved in the archaeological record. The Stone Age is further subdivided by the types of stone tools in use.

The Stone Age is the first period in the three-age system of archaeology, which divides human technological prehistory into three periods: