In the paleolithic age, people used rocks for various tools and weapons
As pictured to the right, humans used a sharp rock as a hand axe to chop various objects
Flints were very popular, as they helped the people create fires. Humans also made thin stone blades which they used as spear heads
• Men used cliffs and tar pits as weapons for killing animals. They would corner the animal and force them off the cliff or into tar pits. The bow and arrow was created in 20 000 BCE and helped hunters kill animals easier
Definitions / Terms
• Hand Axe: a stone tool with a cutting edge; the stone is held in the hand and used for chopping
• Flint: a very hard, fine-grained stone that sparks for fire when struck
• Spearhead: the sharp-pointed head that forms the piercing end of a spear
•These were the first ever successfully used tools
by humans. These designs and ideas have been recreated and made better
for the world today. Without these tools and weapons, some of the tools
we use today would never have been around.
• Better weapons were eventually developed such
as barbed harpoons, darts, spear throwers, and bows and arrows
• With these more
advanced weapons, humans were able to hunt large and powerful animals
such as wild pigs, reindeer, horses, and bison
A Paleolithic Hand Axe
This is a Paleolithic Flint
Various Tools and Weapons
•Stone Tool Function at the Paleolithic Sites
•Early History of Hand Tools
A Paleolithic Spearhead
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