Rathdown – 4,500 years ago

The very first visitors to Greystones,

4,500 years ago didn’t stay where the town is today,

but instead they settled at Rathdown, just to the north.

This was when the Stone Age people came.

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

Newspaper reports at the time say that

Neolithic flints were among the finds.

The Neolithic era is sometimes called the New Stone Age.

 

1. The Palaeolithic or Old Stone Age came first.

It lasted from 2,700 million years ago

to around 10,000 years ago.

During this time men were hunter gatherers.

Tools were mostly made of stone

but also of wood, bone and leather.

 

2.During the Mesolithic or Middle Stone Age

smaller stone tools such as arrow or spear heads were made .

The first boats were made

so men could now fish as well as hunt.

Man’s best friend the dog was tamed during this time.

 

3.During the Neolithic or New Stone Age

man started to farm the land.

Can you imagine the early farmers

working on the land at Rathdown?

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This is a flint that a student found in the school playground.

Useful Links for Teachers: The Stone Age

Prehistoric Rock PaintingsCreative Commons License David Stanley via Compfight

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 FindOut.com – Stone Age Food

The Stone Age from Time Traveller Kids

Mountsandel.com – An interactive site from Coleraine Borough Council, Northern Ireland