The Stone Age

The Stone Age wasn’t called The Stone Age because there was a particular abundance of stones in that era, but because tools made of stone were the highest available level of technology.

The Stone Age was followed by the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. Today’s era is called the Information Age, or the Electric Scooter Age, depending on whom you ask.

The Stone Age started with our ancestors, Australopithecus, who invented the first tools, and it went on to last for a whopping 3.4 million years, far longer than any era of humanity that has come or gone since. During this time, much of Northern Europe was elevated above sea level, thanks to the Ice Age, and these alternating glacial periods forced our ancestors to adopt new strategies to stay alive.

Now, stone tools may be the namesake of this age, but they are only one facet that researchers focus on to gain information about this time in our history.

Analyses of fossilized fecal matter (known as coprolites) and the global spread of bony remains have revealed Stone Age man to be migratory hunter-gatherers.

Despite the stereotype of meat-eating, roughly fifty percent of the Stone Age diet comprised of various grasses.

The popular depiction of Stone Age people are as cavemen, but they didn’t usually live in caves, preferring communal huts made of mud or timber.

Stone Age man was more than just human. In these times, there lived a wide range of hominid classifications which eventually led to homo sapiens today. It’s these ancestors that we should thank, for with their discoveries and innovations they paved the way for our transition to an agrarian lifestyle.

They were the first to look outside of themselves and lead us to an appreciation of art and culture.

Stone Age peoples buried their dead, worshipped gods, tamed fire, and invented musical instruments and painting, some of which you can still see today in famous caves like Lascaux and Altamira.

We like to think of the Stone Age as nothing more than just rock, but in truth, it had a lot of soul.