What Is a Characteristic of the Paleolithic Period?

The Paleolithic period, also known as the Stone Age, was characterized by prehistoric man’s development of stone tools. In his hands, stone became weapons or tools with a sharp edge, a point or a percussion surface. The Paleolithic age lasted 3.4 million years, ending from 6000 B.C. to 2000 B.C.

Paleolithic man manufactured four types of stone tools – pebbles, bifacial or hand axes, flakes and blades. Other tools made of flint, bone, and antler are common finds at archaeological sites along with remains of animals hunted by prehistoric man. Throughout this period, early man fed himself by hunting animals and birds with his weapons, fishing and gathering wild fruits, nuts and berries. The Stone Age is the first of three periods named in the history of human tool development. Subsequent periods are the Bronze Age and the Iron Age.