2 million years ago
2000 years ago
200 years ago
Armour, a steel sword and a helmet
Pieces of flint, bone needles and knife blades
Spades, nylon string and bows and arrows
Milk from our goats and wheat from our crops
Bread and pies from the village bakery
Herbs, wild grains, berries, nuts and tubers
We might starve if we fail to kill an animal, because there is no other source of food
We might be injured by the wild animals we hunt, for example, fracture a bone
We might get lost and not be able to find our way back to the rest of the clan
...careful planning and group strategies are needed to bring down a mammoth.
...they can then share the meat and won't need to take any back to the rest of the clan.
...without meat from the hunters the clan will starve.
These huge animals are not particularly useful to hunters and gatherers.
We have quite simple weapons and normally hunt smaller, less dangerous animals such as hares and wild goats.
It is impossible to cook such a large animal.
...in a simple wooden bed with pillows and a mattress.
...on the ground with something to soften it, such as moss.
...in a separate room from my family.
...we get to eat lots of sugar, berries and honey.
...since we have no sugar and very rarely eat anything sweet, we hardly ever experience tooth decay.
...our way of life is not at all dangerous.
...how to tame bears, hyenas and cave lions.
...how to read, write and paint on cave walls.
...how to make tools, start a fire and collect edible plants.