(Reuters) - A 7,500-year old Neolithic settlement in what is now southern Serbia suggests that Europe’s Copper Age could have started 500 years earlier than previously thought.
Here is a table detailing Europe’s main prehistoric periods, as commonly accepted by archaeologists, with the oldest at the top. It is impossible to give precise dates because different parts of Europe developed at different times:
Palaeolithic Nomadic tribes lived as Cave paintings
hunter-gatherers, used stone in Altamira
tools, discovered fire.
Mesolithic First settlements, tools made Lepenski Vir
of wood, stone and bones, humanoid
intensive hunting, gathering sculptures
Neolithic Houses made of wattle and Stonehenge
daub, intensive farming, first monument
domesticated animals, invention
Copper Age Man starts using copper for Aegean
tools and decoration, megaron
mining and metallurgy.
Bronze Age The discovery of bronze, an Cycladic
alloy of copper and tin, marble idols
boosts trade and handicrafts.
Iron Age First cities develop, trade Houses on
and transportation improve the Isle of
with the use of the wheel, Lewis
horses, carts and ships.
Sources: Arheoloski leksikon, Prehistoric Art in Europe, Penguin Dictionary of Archaeology, Reuters