BC: As people discovered new ways of doing things, their lives began to contain more variety. The growth of trade allowed people to meet others from distant lands. People began to exchange ideas and knowledge that eventually spread around the ancient world.
FC: From Paleolithic to neolithic: Revolutionary Changes
1: In Paleolithic society.... | People moved from place to place. They lived in caves or rough tents they made themselves. | They had to hunt for meat and gather plants to eat. When they stayed in one place too long, they sometimes ran out of food and had to move on. | People lived in small groups of ten to twenty people. They had to work together to survive. Everyone had to look for food and water.
2: In Neolithic societies... | People lived together in large communities. They built their homes out of mud bricks, stones, and tree branches. | Each house had several rooms. People dug pits in the floor to store and cook food. The pits were lined with clay.
3: Living in permanent shelters kept people safe from harsh weather and wild animals. People were able to live more comfortably and develop new ways of cooking food. Because they no longer had to move from place to place, they formed larger communities.
4: In neolithic societies... | People worked together to make what they needed. Because they lived together, they could divide up the work and produce more food. | While some people farmed, others made tools. Toolmakers had people to help them so they could make many types of tools.
5: With their basic needs met, people could think of other things, like beauty and art. | People began to make jewelry and to decorate the pottery they made. | As people began to create more tools and other items, they needed more materials. Traders traveled hundreds of miles to find obsidian, shell ornaments, and hematite.