Historically,human development is marked levels, and one of the levels is thePaleolithicPeriodalso known as the OldStone Age.The period is marked by the first use of tools by man. This period isbelieved to be the time between 2.6 million years and 12 000 yearsago (Runnels, 2014). Even through the period was referred asprehistoric period by historians, due to lack of written language,the period remains an important period in human development. Thisperiod is marked by the use of stone tools, and gender roles in thistime were split into two, those women and the ones for men (Runnels,2014).
AWoman’s Day during Paleolithic Period
Womendays during the Paleolithic times were denoted by numerous choresaround the homestead. At the dawn the woman was supposed to take careof the children, feed them. After the morning work, women thenproceeded to collecting seeds and berries which were used as food inthe home. They were also supposed to participate in making the stonetools as well as preparing animal skins which were used for clothing. In addition they were also supposed to participate in flaking whichwas essential in sharpening their tools and weapons. Moreover, theywould assist their husband in gathering and hunting of small animals(Runnels, 2014). As the day progressed, the women were to take careof the evening through preparing of food, and the fruits gatheredduring the day.
Sincethese people lived in caves, it was the work of the women to takecare of the homes (caves), and the huts and also painted the walls ofthe caves. Finally, it was the function of the women to make Fire,which was used to drive animals away during the night. In summary,the day’s women work entailed with home chores taking care of thechildren and other members, preparing the fruits for food, as well asother herbs and meat for the family.
Runnels,C. (2014). Early Palaeolithic on the Greek Islands?. JournalOf Mediterranean Archaeology, 27(2), 211-230.