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The History of Mining: The events, technology and people involved in the industry that forged the modern world by Michael Coulson

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1. The Stone Age

In the beginning

Precision in identifying the various stages of the Stone Age is difficult to achieve but much evidence has accumulated over the years, often as a result of advanced archaeological work, that suggests man developed basic skills at a very early stage in his existence. Amongst those skills was the ability to use what materials were available to fashion tools and then weapons, the latter probably first to kill animals for food and then, as tribes and communities came into contact with each other, to make weapons for defence and attack. It is now accepted that even early man was capable of structured thought, albeit of a fairly basic kind, and this enabled him to identify raw materials that he needed which had ...

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