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Early human cultural and economic activities

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

1. describe the cultural and economic practices of early man during the stone age period

2. explain how the discovery of fire changed Man's life during the stone age period

Early human cultural and economic activities

In this lesson we are going to study early mans culture. Culture is a peoples way of life. It includes peoples:

1. values

2. language

3. food

6. customs

An example of a peoples clothing

An example of a peoples homestead

Early human cultural and economic activities

Early human cultural and economic activities can be looked at under various Stone Age periods. The type of tools used at every period describe the various stages of human cultural development. Initially the tools were made of stone hence the term stone age. The early human cultural and economic practices have been divided into three Stone Age periods. These are:

1. The Early Stone Age
2. The Middle Stone Age
3. The Late Stone Age

Early Stone Age dates from approximately 2.5 million years ago until about 200,000 years ago. It includes the earliest record of human tool making and documents much of the evolutionary history of the genus Homo. The Early Stone Age has been divided into three main technological phases. These are the Pre-Oldowan, the Oldowan and the Acheulean.

Early Stone Age existed 2.5 million years ago. It was the longest of the stone ages.

Some of the earliest archaeological finds of early stone age

Pre Oldowan culture

This is the earliest tool making technology. The tools used during this period were crude and not standardized. It is likely that early Homo was responsible for the Pre-Oldowan cultures. They have been found at sites such as Lokalelei in west Turkana in Kenya and at Koda Gona in Ethiopia

Pre oldowan tools

Early stone age tools

Oldowan tools from Lokalalei West of Turkana.


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