Stone Age Technology Explained

The age of mankind was formed during the Stone Age, which spanned over two million years. During this period, man first started to use stones for construction and for building tools. Stone age discoveries have unearthed evidence of Stone Age technology that could be more than 8,000 years old.

Prehistoric man was a hunter-gatherer. He lived in small groups, not a large community, and they usually had more than one animal as a source of food. Primitive tools included bone knives, split bones, stone hand axes, and stone spear points.

When he needed to kill an animal, men used a tool such as a club or an axe to break the animal’s body. He then crushed it with his hands, or his club, or strangled it with a rope. The animal’s head was pulled out with force and by using his bare hands. In some cases, primitive tools also had sharp teeth.

The first tool people used to kill animals was the club. It was a blunt, rough object with sharp edges. This club was combined with sharpened pieces of bone to make a cutting tool.

There is no clear evidence that humans ever made a spear. Some people speculate that ancient men used this tool to spear large animals or catch fish, but it was just a very crudely crafted piece of wood with a sharpened edge. Although archaeologists believe early stone age men hunted wild game, there is no proof they ever caught any game animals.

Today we call the first primitive weapon “a blow stick.” During the Stone Age, blow sticks could be as long as 30 inches and weigh more than 5 pounds. This primitive weapon may have been used to injure animals during hunting. When the blow stick hit an animal’s flesh, it caused severe injury, swelling, or death.

In the beginning, animals were not prepared with an open-hand blow. Early men may have used sharp stones to crush bones and other soft tissue. Later men may have used similar instruments with their bare hands.

Now let’s look at how primitive men first started using tools. One way was when they used a digging tool called a digging stick. This was a simple shaft of stone, wood, or bone about an inch long. The end of the shaft was pointed, and it was used to dig holes in the earth where animals could be hunted.

Digging sticks were still used by the Stone Age, although they were only used in smaller excavations and not to hunt for animals. The digging stick was not really a tool until it was combined with a stone hammer, and a stone spade. The hammer was used to strike the edge of the digging stick and remove soil from the hole dug.

A spade was used to turn around the perimeter of the excavation. This turned the digging stick into a hammer. The spade also assisted the stone hammer in striking the soil. When the sides of the hole were tilled in, the spade could be used to remove earth from within the hole.

These tools may have been the first tool made by hand. Stones, wood, and bones were smelting together to form the base of the tool. They were joined with shells, wood, and bone to form the shaft. Together, the spade, hammer, and spade handle formed the shaft of the tool.

The stone-age discovery will keep you busy as you explore the many fascinating objects found inside cave and natural areas around the world. Because they are beautiful works of art, these relics are treasures that you can display in your home for everyone to enjoy.