Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
Go
May 8th, 2010
Sticks and Stones: Prehistory Technology
Video Segments

These brief video segments can be used alone or in combination, to introduce a topic or to spark discussion among your students. The video segments can be adapted for any grade level. Stream the video segments from the players below, or scroll to the bottom of the page to find downloadable QuickTime versions of the videos. These videos are also used in the lesson plan Sticks and Stones: Prehistory Technology (Grades 9-12).

Selected segments of The Human Spark: Becoming Us

If It Ain’t Broke…

Archaeologist John Shea explains the context and construction of one of early humans’ first tools–the stone hand ax.

Pyroengineering

Archaeologist Curtis Marean explains a recent discovery about how early humans used fire in the creation of certain stone tools.

Making Stone Tools is Sooo Millions of Years Ago

Archaeologist Curtis Marean explains a recent discovery about how early humans used fire in the creation of certain stone tools.

To Make A Spear

Archaeologist John Shea demonstrates the construction of a primitive spear and explains its  impact on the social development the early humans who used them.

Downloadable QuickTime versions of the video segments:
(Note: To download a video, right click on the video title and click “Save Link As…’ or “Save Target As…”. On a Mac, press the CTRL key and simultaneously click the mouse, then save the link.)

If It Ain’t Broke…

Pyroengineering

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/humanspark/video/in-the-news-video-pyroengineering/268/

Making Stone Tools is Sooo Millions of Years Ago

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/humanspark/featured/spark-blog-video-making-stone-tools-is-sooo-millions-of-years-ago/301/

To Make A Spear

Inside This Lesson

Produced by THIRTEEN    ©2014 Educational Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.