Ch 2: Prehistoric Art

About This Chapter

The video and text lessons in this chapter will give you all of the necessary details related to prehistoric art. When you complete each lesson, make sure you take the lesson quizzes to test yourself on what you have studied.

Prehistoric Art - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

With the lessons in this chapter, you'll gain an understanding of prehistoric art and how it impacted the art we see today. You will learn about how different prehistoric events influenced art. By the end of this chapter, you will know more about the following:

  • Different ages and events and their influence on art
  • How art evolved through the prehistoric period
  • The difference between Paleolithic and Neolithic archaeology
  • How the great flood and migrations influenced art

LessonObjective
Periods of World History: Overviews of Eras from 8000 B.C.E. to the Present Examine the different eras that were present in the prehistoric time period.
The Stone Age: Period, Overview Explore the details of the Stone Age.
What is Paleolithic Archaeology? Discover information about Paleolithic archaeology.
An Overview of Mesolithic Archaeology Study general information about Mesolithic archaeology.
Understanding Neolithic Archaeology Take a look at the details of Neolithic archaeology.
Prehistoric Human Migrations: History & Movements See how migrations influenced art.
The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities Explore the influence of the last ice age.
The Great Flood and Population Migrations Discover the influences of the great flood.
Prehistoric Art: History & Explanation Explore general information about prehistoric art.
Prehistorical Development of Artistic Media, Approaches & Values Take a look at the first instances of art that occurred in different areas of the world.
The Evolution of the Knowledge of Art Discover how art evolved over this time period.

11 Lessons in Chapter 2: Prehistoric Art
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Periods of World History: Overviews of Eras from 8000 B.C.E to the Present

1. Periods of World History: Overviews of Eras from 8000 B.C.E to the Present

In this lesson, we will look at the six periods of world history. We will learn the defining characteristics of each and highlight the major themes associated with each period.

The Stone Age: Period & Overview

2. The Stone Age: Period & Overview

Most of humanity's past is shrouded in mystery, but we've learned a great deal about prehistory. Learn about the Stone Age and how humans advanced from it.

What is Paleolithic Archaeology?

3. What is Paleolithic Archaeology?

Today's lesson will seek to explain Paleolithic archaeology and its theories. In doing so, it will highlight the use of pebble tools as well as the nomadic hunter-gathering lifestyle of the Paleolithic man.

An Overview of Mesolithic Archaeology

4. An Overview of Mesolithic Archaeology

This lesson will seek to explain archaeological theories concerning the Mesolithic Age. In doing so, it will highlight microliths, the nomadic lifestyle, the hunter-gatherer lifestyle, and the use of radioactive carbon dating.

Understanding Neolithic Archaeology

5. Understanding Neolithic Archaeology

This lesson will explain archaeology's understanding of the Neolithic Age. In doing so, it will highlight the use of polished stone, the onset of agriculture, the Neolithic Revolution, and social stratification.

Prehistoric Human Migrations: History & Movements

6. Prehistoric Human Migrations: History & Movements

This lesson will seek to explain the theories concerning prehistoric human migration. In doing so, it will highlight the effects of the Ice Age on modern Homo sapiens and their migration into Eurasia and the rest of the globe.

The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities

7. The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities

What is an ice age? How did the latest period of glaciation form our species? How has the abundance of this latest period of interglaciation changed our behavior? Watch this lesson to find out.

The Great Flood and Population Migrations

8. The Great Flood and Population Migrations

The Great Flood myth has been around for over eight millennia. Could it be more than a myth? What could have caused such a flood, and what effects has it had on humans?

Prehistoric Art: History & Explanation

9. Prehistoric Art: History & Explanation

Prehistoric art is often depicted as crude, as are the artists. Modern day research is dispelling that fact. In this lesson, learn the facts about prehistoric art and the peoples who created it.

Prehistorical Development of Artistic Media, Approaches & Values

10. Prehistorical Development of Artistic Media, Approaches & Values

Art is a really important part of human culture and history. In this lesson, we'll talk about the development of ancient art and what it may have meant to ancient people.

The Evolution of the Knowledge of Art

11. The Evolution of the Knowledge of Art

Man-made objects from prehistory inform experts about the way people once lived and thought. Learn what prehistoric objects can teach us about ancient culture and the evolution of knowledge of art.

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