Author: Erin Aldana

This lesson will provide an overview of the prehistoric period.

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Tools from Blombos Cave, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BBC-artefacts.jpg,  Shell beads from Blombos Cave, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BBC-shell-beads.jpg, Venus of Willendorf, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:VenusOfWillendorf02_NaturhistorischesMuseum_Nov14-10.jpg, Venus of Willendorf, reverse view, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Willendorf-Venus-2262.jpg, Venus of Brassempouy, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Venus_of_Brassempouy.jpg, Venus of Schelkingen, fair use according to Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Venus-of-Schelklingen.jpg, Venus of Dolní Věstonice, Petr Novák, Wikipedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vestonicka_venuse_edit.jpg, Venus with the Horn, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Monaco.Mus%C3%A9e_d%27Anthropologie006.jpg

Terms to Know
  • Abstraction

    The process of extracting parts of an idea or concept not specific or detailed.

  • Archaeology

    The study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and analysis of artifacts.

  • Artifacts

    An object made by a human being, in particular an object of historical or cultural importance.

  • Memory Image

    An image that remains in the mind of something previously experienced.

  • Paleolithic

    Early stage of prehistory characterized by the development of stone tools, sculpted figures, and paintings on cave walls.

  • Relief Sculpture

    A sculpture technique that uses a process of cutting into a flat surface i.e. wood, stone or material, by chiseling or gouging.

  • Sculpture in the Round

    A type of sculpture that is completely free-standing, not attached to a flat surface.