Food Long Age – from the Stone Age to Post War

Click HERE for a Historical Cookbook

from the CookIt website.

For example you can see what the Vikings,

the Victorians and our GREAT grandparents liked to eat.

Click HERE and you can design a menu for a Viking

or a family during World War 2 who were living on rations.

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The Early, Middle and the Late Stone Ages

Did you know there was an Early Stone Age

a Middle Stone Age

and a Late Stone Age?

The Early Stone Age is also known as the Palaeolithic Period.

The Middle Stone Age is know as  the Mesolithic Period.

The Late Stone Age is known as the Neolithic Period.

The Early Stone Age – the Palaeolithic Period

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In the Early Stone Age people lived in caves.

They made tools and weapons from stone.

They hunted animals for food.

They were hunter gatherers.

The Middle Stone Age – the Mesolithic Period

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The earliest recorded people living in Ireland,

seem to have arrive around 8000 BC during the Middle Stone Age.

It is believed they travelled by boat from Britain.

They were hunter gatherers. They often settled by water.

Can you guess why?

The Late Stone Age – the Neolithic Period

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In the Late Stone Age people had learned to farm.

The Late Stone Age was the time of The Early Farmers.

They lived in houses.

These houses were not like our houses.

The walls were wattle and daub.

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You can read more about daub and wattle HERE.

The first farmers came to Ireland around 4000BC.

They brought big changes.

They knew how to grow crops and

how to keep animals such as cows, sheep and goats.

Useful Links for Teachers: The Stone Age

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Archaeology  in the Classroom – It’s About Time! 

lesson plans and resources from Limerick Education Centre

and the Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

and Primary Curriculum Support Service (2005)

It’s About Time – Module 4 – The Stone Age Hunters

Visuals for Teaching the Stone Age on Seomra Ranga.

Interactive Stone Age Tool Kit from PBS

Dorling Kindersley’s – Stone Age Food

The Stone Age from Time Traveller Kids – An interactive site from Coleraine Borough Council, Northern Ireland


Why Stone Age people settled at Rathdown

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So the question is why do you think

people long ago decided to live at

Rathdown rather than Greystones?

We think these early settlers chose to live in Rathdown

• Because it was more sheltered,

(Greystones would be wild and windy.)
• There was the sea and a fresh water spring nearby.
• They could eat the birds and animals in the wood.
• It was on a hill. They could see their enemies coming.


We think these early settlers chose to live

north of Greystones because it was more sheltered.

There were the advantages of living beside the sea

and having a fresh water spring nearby.

Woodland birds and animals

could have been a source of food.

Teachers can find more Stone Age resources

by clicking on THIS LINK.

The Stone Age – and its links with Greystones.


Let’s start at the very beginning …

The Stone Age was the time when stone

was used to make tools and weapons.

The Stone Age lasted  approximately 3.4 million years.

The Stone Age ended about 2,000 years BC.

The Stone Age ended when people learned

to use metals like bronze and then iron.

In 1992, part of the cliff at Rathdown fell into the sea.

Among the rocks and stones were found artifacts like flints.

These artifacts showed that people had lived at

Rathdown from Stone Age times.

Click on this link from Encyclopedia Britannica Kids

on Scoilnet to see what an artifact is.

Click on this link to see a newspaper article from the

Bray People in 1992 reporting the find.

The flint at the top of this post was found

in our school yard in 2006.

Read about how it was discovered here.