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Distinguishing the Paleolithic from the Neolithic periods

Distinguish between the Paleolithic and Neolithic Periods in terms of time and cultural developments. Compare and contrast specific examples of artifacts, practices, and systems of belief. Discuss why art survives or does not. Include the four reasons Getlein cites for how art survives, giving an example of art work from both the Paleolithic and Neolithic Periods that meet one of these requirements. What types of art work or materials would not likely survive? How might this affect our opinion of a culture?

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First of all, please make use of the following website which provides a wealth of information regarding Prehistoric art and its characteristics:


Paleolithic: c.2,500,000 - 10,000 BCE
--people were nomadic to follow their food source and to avoid great climatic changes, such as the Ice Ages
--tools were made for a more functional and portable/dispensible purpose, as they were constantly on the move

--artwork depicted primarily animals with no presence of humans (this could possibly be for learning the identification of the food source, hunting practice, or religious practice to ensure a good hunt/feast)
--example of this is

--small figurines carved from stone were also produced to possibly ensure fertility and the continued survival of the ...

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The solution provides a comparison between the time and cultural developments of the Paleolithic and Neolithic Periods. The kinds of artwork are provided reflecting each period.