The people of the period were nomadic hunter-gatherers which means that they have left little trace for the modern archaeologist.
Why did people, after thousands of years as hunter-gatherers , settle down and start farming?
It enabled them both to subdue the most resilient of the remaining classical empires (China, Japan, Ottoman), and to take over all the remaining areas occupied by barbarians and hunter-gatherers .
The Aborigines were nomadic hunter-gatherers who did not have a concept of possessing territory or of deterring trespassers from it.
Blades and tools were made in very similar ways at both sites, and the two sites may have been used by the same group of mobile hunter-gatherers .
Over the centuries, they consolidated their power by trading portions of their harvests to the hunter-gatherers for land, as well as through inter-marriage.
When the first Aborigines arrived in Australia, at least 60,000 years ago, primitive humans all lived as hunter-gatherers ; the beginnings of agriculture in the northern hemisphere were not yet apparent.
Among the exhibits are flint tools made by Mesolithic hunter-gatherers .
On the contrary, for people living as hunter-gatherers , it was a common practice, albeit disguised by various religious or cultural justifications.
The two books reviewed here examine Spanish-native interactions and efforts to establish missions among groups of largely nomadic hunter-gatherers .