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[Summary]Neolithic Age Excavated dwellings at Skara Brae, Scotland, Europe's most complete Neolithic village The Neolithic (or "New" Stone Age) was a period in the development of human technology that is traditionally the last part of the Stone Age. The

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Excavated dwellings at Skara Brae, Scotland, Europe's most complete Neolithic village

The Neolithic (or "New" Stone Age) was a period in the development of human technology that is traditionally the last part of the Stone Age. The name was invented by John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury (1834-1913) in 1865 as a refinement of the three-age system of stone, bronze, and iron ages. The term is more commonly used in the Old World (Europe), as its application to cultures in the Americas and Oceania is problematic. These cultures are said to have remained neoliytic until the time of the European conquest. It can be roughly dated from about 9000 B.C.E. to 3000 B.C.E.

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The Human Journey: The Neolithic Era

Pre-Axial Thought

The Neolithic Era

10,700 - 3000 BCE

Imagine how different the Neolithic world would seem from the stories told and passed on by the elders of life in the Ice Age. Rich in wild grasses and game, it was now often pleasant to leave cave and rock shelters and gather outside; to sit and look across grasslands where animals grazed in their thousands, or to gaze up to the luminous night sky. In this land of plenty, the relatively easy life of the forager became possible. But how long would it last? And how do we maintain it? These became crucial questions.

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