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27 September 2010

Mondays Word - Neolithic


"The Neolithic Age, Era, or Period, or New Stone Age, was a period in the development of human technology, beginning about 9500 BC in the Middle East that is traditionally considered the last part of the Stone Age. The Neolithic followed the terminal Holocene Epipalaeolithic period, beginning with the rise of farming, which produced the "Neolithic Revolution" and ending when metal tools became widespread in the Copper Age (chalcolithic) or Bronze Age or developing directly into the Iron Age, depending on geographical region. The Neolithic is not a specific chronological period, but rather a suite of behavioral and cultural characteristics, including the use of wild and domestic crops and the use of domesticated animals."
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

OK, before you start wondering why I'm giving you an ancient history lesson, I just thought you might find the picture interesting.  I took it...yesterday.  (No, I'm not quite THAT old!)  On a rainy Sunday afternoon we popped along to a local crft fair at a nearby country estate. There were the usual stalls and displays - and this one, with a man busy chipping away at a piece of flint to make an arrow head. It was almost like going back into the past to prehistoric times!

What has this to do with writing?  I hear you ask. Well, nothing really.except that one of my favourite books is 'The Valley Of Horses;' by Jean Auel. The book starts off from the events at end of 'The Clan of The Cave Bear' detailing the life of a young Cro-Magnon woman named  Ayla who has just been exiled  from the Clan, the band of Neanderthals who had raised her from early childhood. Ayla now searches for her own people, whom the Clan refer to as "the others".  It's a great series, although if you like your romance to be completely 'sweet' there may be a little too much 'sex' in it, but for me it was written in such a natural and ununassuming way, I didn't find it offensive.