Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Stories From The Stone Age

Stories From The Stone Age is a three-part documentary that attempts to explain why and how humans abandoned the nomadic hunting and gathering existence they had known for millennia to take up a completely new way of life - the decisive move to farming.

The programs also look at the beginning of the domestication of animals, permanent settlements and the discovery of metals - setting the stage for the arrival of the world's first civilisation. Based on extensive research, Stories From The Stone Age takes us on a journey where we get to live alongside our ancestors as they cross between the Old and the New Worlds and into civilisation.




The series utilises detailed re-enactments and short interviews with key archaeological experts. The series asks some intriguing questions. Why did some of our ancestors never become farmers at all? Why do some still continue hunting and gathering despite their contact with farming people and advanced technologies? How and why did our paths become uniquely shaped after emerging as a species from a single genetic family in Africa?

1 comment:

cinndave said...

This was a really nice documentary. I really enjoyed this one. One of the most educational yet. It really gives you a nice understanding of human progress and prehistoric lifestyles.

What's interesting is the way that humanity was damaging the environment even way back then by denuding forests, yet they still managed to prosper and adapt to whatever change happened to nature. It's as if impacting the environment is part of human nature.