In the first chapter of “Practicing Primitive”author, Steven M. Watts, describes tools used by our ancestors of long ago ranging from Homo Habilis to Mesolithic Era. He even goes into detail with his interpretation of what a day in their lives would be like.
“Practicing Primitive” then delves into The Stone Age and the more advanced tools used at that time. Watts explains in depth the differences in axes, knives and other tools made from stone. How they are made and how they were used. Even shelter, hunting and fishing and primitive art is covered. I love that the book includes primitive living from all over the world, not just from a select few places. A fabulous book for history buffs, preppers, and anyone interested in how people lived throughout the ages. Truly fascinating
Practicing Primitive: A Handbook of Aboriginal Skills is a collection of information and images put together over a twenty-year period in a search for hands-on communication with our shared Stone Age past. The story of the Stone Age is our story, and primitive technology is a way for anyone who wants to understand that shared history. Watts makes the case that the learning and practice of aboriginal skills helps us connect with our remote past, encourages us to participate in the shared inheritance of primitive (‘first’) skills.
Practicing Primitive includes detailed instructions on how to make or perform over 65 Stone Age objects or skills, covering primitive basics such as making axes and food utensils out of stone, bone, shell, and plant material; bark and reed shelters; bags and ropes made of bark and leaves; watercraft out of reeds or bamboo; and much more. Watts covers the environment, lifestyle, and tool kit of three different stages of human evolution: the Lower Paleolithic of 2.5 million years ago, the Middle Paleolithic of 60 thousand years ago, and the Mesolithic 9 thousand years ago.
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