Should the Stone Age be Taught in History Classes?


History didn’t start with the first humans—they were cavemen! They were pre-history, pre-literacy, pre-everything. Early humans squatted in dusty dioramas and lived short, terrifying lives. The Stone Age wasn’t history; the Stone Age was a preamble to history, a dystopian era of stasis before the happy onset of civilization, and the arrival of nifty developments like chariot wheels, gunpowder, and Google. Right?

From reviews of Matthew Hedman’s The Age of Everything and Daniel Lord Smail’s On Deep History and the Brain in the Nov 18 Sunday Globe.