Innovations of the Upper Paleolithic
The Upper Paleolithic can be considered a turning point in the evolution of human beings. During the Upper Paleolithic various cultural innovations changed the way people would like their lives from that point forward. Perhaps the most important of these innovations being stone tools and blades, the domestication of dogs, art, and evolution of self-identity. The manufacturing of stone tools and blades was very apparent during the Upper Paleolithic The emergence of the flaking technique allowed the people of this time to “make thin, beautiful, leaf shaped points in several sizes. Some of these points were used for spear, and some perhaps for arrows, while others may have served as knives”(Price, p. 119). One of the most prominent examples of these stones and blades can be found in a ruin near the town of Dolni Vestonice. This site was home to a group of people who were believed to be mammoth hunters. Many tools made from bone and ivory were found here along with blades and spears which made the hunting of these massive creatures possible. The evolution of stone tools and blades allowed for a much more efficient style of hunting. It is easy to see how tools like these have changed society forever. To this day many hunters do still use bows and arrows, however in today’s society this is done for sport rather than survival. Fine blades used for cutting are also very prominent in today’s society. Kitchen knives are a tool that is used by many on almost a daily basis. Another major innovation that assisted humans in the Upper Paleolithic was the domestication of dogs. “Germonpré believes dog domestication might have begun when the prehistoric hunters killed a female wolf and brought home her pups” (Viegas, 2008). The first evidence of domesticated dogs was excavated from Goyet Cave in Belgium. These early domesticated dogs were probably used for tracking, hunting, and transportation of goods. As...
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