What was life like for a neolithic farmer in ancient Europe?

Aug 2016
807
USA
#1
I'm curious what life was like for a Neolithic farmer in ancient Europe. What sort of tools did they use? What sort of animals did they raise? What crops were grown? How did they sell their produce?
 
Dec 2015
58
NZ
#2
Would 'Prehistoric Europe', edited by Barry Cunliffe, be what you're looking for? For Britain, the Quennells' old 'Everyday Life in Prehistoric Times' still has some interesting things to say; and there's part 4 of Rodney Castleden's 'The Stonehenge People'.
 
Mar 2015
782
Europe
#3
I'm curious what life was like for a Neolithic farmer in ancient Europe. What sort of tools did they use? What sort of animals did they raise? What crops were grown? How did they sell their produce?
Sell to whom?
Everyone else was also a farmer. They had to consume their produce - needed to produce mostly everything they consumed.
Ask it this way: what, if anything, did they buy?
What did they import?
They were Stone Age people. Large areas of world don´t have stones - they have just sand and clay. Stone Age people living there must import all stone. Among areas which do have stone, not all stones are equally good for tools. Some, like flint, obsidian and jade, are better than other stones, but not found in all places stones occur.
For those reasons, Stone Age people widely imported stone.
But how? Did the tribes living away from neolithic flint mines travel as mining parties to mine flint, and return home with flint without paying anybody for the flint? Or did they pay the tribes living permanently near the flint mines?
 
Sep 2017
564
United States
#5
I'm sure they laughed, cried, got angry, happy, depressed, etc. as all humans throughout history have. I wonder what kind of traditions and philosophy they had.
 
#6
Lots of land available, but most of it full of giant weeds, known as trees, and chopping down large trees was extremely difficult because iron blades were not widely available.

I suspect that they started with raising livestock, such as sheep, which, as well as providing clothing and meat, would help keep land clear of trees.

Wild animals such as boar, bears and wolves would have been very troubling.
 

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