PREHISTORY Prehistory is the oldest and longest period of human history. It began more than one million years ago with the origins of the human race. It ended about 5.500 years ago, with the invention of writing.
Prehistoric people were the first to: Use fire to cook their food and protect themselves from the cold Make clay pots Use animal hair and looms to make cloth Create art forms, such as cave paintings. Invent the wheel Make monuments with huge stones.