The Three-Age System

The Stone Age
The Bronze Age
The Iron Age
The why, in this case, places a heavy emphasis on
the technology available to emerging civilizations.
That technology can be described and placed
chronologically by using the Three-Age System.
Greek poet Hesiod’s Works and Days defines
the Ages of Man: Golden, Silver, Bronze,
Heroic and Iron
Christian Jürgensen Thomsen (1788-1865)
This system is now used to categorize the
ages of invention and progress before the
Dark Ages
Based on tool use, but also a way to frame
the evolution of man and society
Reliable, but ambiguous
The Ages tend to overlap and are often
disputed by experts
In some areas of the Earth, like Africa, certain
groups went straight from the Stone Age to
the Iron Age.
Rare groups, such as isolated Amazonian
tribes in Brazil, have not yet progressed past
the Stone Age.
Prehistoric cultural
stage, or level of
human development,
characterized by the
creation and use of
stone tools.
Before the earliest
beginnings of
A period in a
development when
the most advanced
consisted of smelting
copper and tin into
Period in the
development of
industry that begins
with the general use
of iron in tools and
other implements.
Ancient Greece
That’s up to you to
find out!
Stone Age: Cameron, Lindita, Andrea, Brian,
Phil, Dan, Bobby, Quinn, Kellie
Bronze Age: Lauren, Mike, Chris R., Melanie,
Matt L., Lindsey, Krista, Jason, Chris S.
Iron Age: Ryan, Matt Malburg, Kristen, Josh,
Matt Mount, Tim, Anna, Jim
Red = World Events; Blue = Age Events; Green = How People Lived During the Age
World Events: The Ages span across
continents and dynasties, wars and
Age Events: Each Age is divided into subcategories that have their own dates and
significant happenings.
How People Lived: New technologies led to
different cultures and ways of living. How did
people live during each of these ages?

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