Divisions of the Stone Age



by Uma Kumari
published on 26 June 2012

The Stone Age is divided into three stages. They are as follows:

1. Palaeolithic Age

  • Oldest of Stone Age Periods, before 10,000 BC.
  • Hunting and Gathering was the way of life in this age.
  • Palaeolithic man used fire for cooking and to scare away the animals while living in caves.
  • To ensure protection early man covered himself with coarse animal skin and large leaves.
  • Palaeolithic man moved in groups to scare away wild animals.
  • They painted rocks and caves.

2. Mesolithic Age

  • In this age people started making semi-permanent houses.
  • They probably had light wooden frameworks covered with thatch or sods. They could have been erected and dismantled quickly and easily.
  • People started using boats for transport and fishing
  • They started making flint tools with handles.
  • Stone tools were made from microliths (tiny chips of stone made from blades or bladelets and set into toothed slots in bone or antler shafts) were used to create a variety of harpoons, arrows, and fish hooks.
  • A very high percentage of skeletons recovered from late Mesolithic burials around 5000 BC show evidence of violence.

3. Neolithic Age

  • People started making clay and metal potteries to store grain, food, etc.
  • People started living in groups and led a community life.
  • They domesticated goats, ships, donkeys, and similar animals for their benefit.
  • They invented wheels, which they used to fatch water from the well, to make pottery etc.
  • They used to creat family tomb.
  • In the neolithic age people started making earrings, necklaces, ring idol figurine - pendants of silver and gold.
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  • Uma Kumari wrote on 26 June 2012 at 11:40:

    I have just tried to give a brief knowledge about three divisions of stone age.Kindly correct if given information is improper.



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