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Paleolithic Age
a prehistoric period that lasted from about 2,500,000 to 8,000 B.C., during which people made use of crude stone tools and weapons - also called the Old Stone Age
Neolithic Age
n. a prehistoric period that began at about 8,000 B.C. and in some areas ended as early as 3,000 B.C., during which people learned to polish stone tools, make pottery, grow crops, and raise animals - also called the New Stone Age
Neolithic Revolution
n, the major change in human life caused by the beginnimgs of farming - that is, by people's shift from food gathering to food producing.
archeologist
an anthropologist who studies prehistoric people and their culture
artifact
n. a human-made object, such as a tool, wepon, or piece of jewelry
nomad
n. a member of a group that has no permanent home, wandering from place to place in search of food and water
domestication
n. the taming of animals for human use
civilization
n. a form of culture characterized by cities, specialized workers, complex institutions, record keeping, and advanced technology.
artisan
n. a skilled worker, such as a weaver or a potter, who makes goods by hand
institution
n. a long-lasting pattern of organization in a community
scribe
n. one of the professional record keepers in early civilizations
cuneiform
n. a system of writing with wedge-shaped symbols, invented by the Sumerians around 3,000 B.C.
Bronze Age
n. a period in human history, beginning around 3,000 B.C. in some areas, during which people began using bronze, rather than copper or stone, to fashion tools and weapons
ziggurat
n. a tiered, pyramid-shaped structure that formed part of a Sumerian temple