(archeology) the earliest known period of human culture, characterized by the use of stone implements
A broad prehistoric period during which humans widely used stone for toolmaking.
Any extremely primitive or undeveloped era.
The time a particular field was introduced and was in its earliest stages of development.
The Stone Age is a broad prehistoric period during which stone was widely used to make implements with a sharp edge, a point, or a percussion surface. The period lasted roughly 3.4 million years, and ended between 4500 BC and 2000 BC with the advent of metalworking. Stone Age artifacts include tools used by humans and by their predecessor species in the genus Homo, as well as the earlier partly contemporaneous genera Australopithecus and Paranthropus. Bone tools were used during this period as well, but are more rarely preserved in the archaeological record. The Stone Age is further subdivided by the types of stone tools in use. The Stone Age is the first of the three-age system of archaeology, which divides human technological prehistory into three periods: ⁕The Stone Age ⁕The Bronze Age ⁕The Iron Age
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the name given to that period in the history of civilisation when the weapons of war and the chase and the implements of industry were made of stone, prior to employment for these purposes of bronze, characteristic of the age succeeding.
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1. In computer folklore, an ill-defined period from ENIAC (ca. 1943) to the mid-1950s; the great age of electromechanical dinosaurs. Sometimes used for the entire period up to 1960--61 (see Iron Age); however, it is funnier and more descriptive to characterize the latter period in terms of a ‘Bronze Age’ era of transistor-logic, pre-ferrite-core machines with drum or CRT mass storage (as opposed to just mercury delay lines and/or relays). See also Iron Age. How things weren't in the Stone Age.(The next cartoon in the Crunchly saga is 76-07-18. The previous cartoon was 76-03-14:5-8.) 2. More generally, a pejorative for any crufty, ancient piece of hardware or software technology. Note that this is used even by people who were there for the Stone Age (sense 1).
The numerical value of stone age in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of stone age in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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