Stone Age Toolkit

  • By Lexi Krock
  • Posted 03.01.09
  • NOVA

About 40,000 years ago, the first anatomically modern humans revolutionized their cultures with specialized weaponry and other tools. They became deft hunters, tolerated harsh climates, and equipped themselves to travel vast distances in search of new frontiers. In this matching game, consider 10 fascinating artifacts from Europe and North America and match them to the roles they played for Stone Age humans.

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Would you know how to use an ancient stone tool if you unearthed one? Try your hand here.


Image Credits

Adapted from Making Silent Stones Speak: Human Evolution and the Dawn of Technology by Kathy D. Schick and Nicholas Toth. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993.

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