Neolithic Period, also called New Stone Age: final stage of cultural evolution or technological development among prehistoric humans. It was characterized by stone tools shaped by polishing or grinding, dependence on domesticated plants or animals, settlement in permanent villages, and the appearance of such crafts as pottery and weaving.~ Encyclopedia Britannica
The above presentation on Telling Time was prepared for classroom use. We’ll try to put the referenced story somewhere else as the website expands.
From the Editor
If history began with writing and writing is to be believed, everything started in the Bronze Age. What a stunted picture of how we came to be who we are! By the time of the first cuneiform inscriptions and hieroglyphs, there existed already greed and war, contested landscape and conflicting belief systems; the beginnings of disconnection from things elemental & natural. It wasn’t always like that. While most folks have heard of Mesopotamians, Minoans, and Etruscans, those societies did not drop out of space. They descended from an earlier undocumented culture. Thousands of years before the birth of Abraham or the Fall of Troy, huge things were happening which would eventually come to impact all the modern world.
This time period is defined by different dates in different parts of the world. Our focus is on the Levantine/Mediterranean/European legacy that has set so many standards in our lives.
The European Neolithic tale relates the Gobekli Tepe shrines in Turkey, the megalithic temples of Mediterranean Malta, Stonehenge in England, Newgrange Passage Tomb in Ireland. Examinations of archaeological records and museum collections, genetic research, and other multi-disciplinary reports outline a massive migration of people from Anatolia in what is known as the New Stone Age. Who did they become? Lots of us.
The creative members of STONE AGE MAGAZINE are supporting the building of a bridge to antiquity, while they are building this site. Well-done and Congratulations! Your readers thank you.