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Practicing Primitive: A Handbook of Aboriginal Skills is a collection of information and images put together over a twenty-year period in a search for hands-on communication with our shared Stone Age past. The story of the Stone Age is our story, and primitive technology is a way for anyone who wants to understand that shared history.
Thorough, well written and heavily researched, Steven Watts does a great job relaying primitive skills to the reader. The book includes detailed instructions on how to make or perform over 65 Stone Age objects or skills, covering primitive basics such as making axes and food utensils out of stone, bone, shell and plant material; bark and reed shelters; bags and ropes made of bark and leaves; watercraft out of reeds or bamboo and much more.
Watts covers the environment, lifestyle and tools of three different stages of human evolution: the Lower Paleolithic of 2.5 million years ago, the Middle Paleolithic of 60 thousand years ago and the Mesolithic of 9 thousand years ago. Not just how to do them, but recreations of how the tasks were done, including the time and effort involved. 240 pages.