The Palaeolithic wasn’t just an age of stone. Early humans made tools and other items from a wide variety of materials, including organic materials such as animal skins, wood, and plant fibres that are only occasionally preserved in Palaeolithic contexts.
This day school introduces some of the various technologies developed during the Palaeolithic and considers the skills and know-how involved. The earliest known stone tools date back to around 3.3 million years ago, but it is unlikely that stone was the first material to be worked by hominins. By the Upper Palaeolithic, modern humans had developed a diverse range of technologies, often combining different materials to create their tools, such as complex projectile weaponry for hunting. Some also developed crafts more usually associated with the Neolithic, such as the production of fired pottery.
There will be some practical demonstrations to illustrate the working of different materials. By the end of the day school participants will have an appreciation of the varied technologies developed during the Palaeolithic period.
This day school is suitable for anyone curious about Palaeolithic artefacts and technology.