Early Prehistory #1

In order to begin at the beginning, I have been especially interested in the period I call early prehistory. This is a very long period, extending millions of years back into to the past, with an arbitrary cutoff ending at 50,000 years Before Present.

This has connections to prehistoric archaeology, which has developed in the 19th century, 20th century, and 21st century. I principally focus on African peoples, particularly Eastern African peoples, and more particularly on what I call Central East African nations. I have chosen to focus initially on Kenya. I am investigating its history, working backward through modern times, although Northern East African peoples such as those of Ethiopia and Interior East African peoples such as those of Sudan also need to be considered. As the principal alternate to Eastern Africa, I am working on Southern African peoples, and investigating South Africa back through classical and medieval times. The areas I refer to as Western Africa and Central Africa are thought to have been inhabited later.

Asian peoples are better developed in later periods, My primary focus in this period is on peoples of the Middle East. Egypt is best developed, since the Nile River valley seems a migration route for humanity through Interior East Africa, although it seems to have been sparsely inhabited and remains are fairly scanty. At present, I am working on sketching the Arabian peoples back through antiquity, since these are across the Red Sea from Northern Africa and may have been a migration route for humanity. North Africa is another possibility, although at present this is still having its history connected back through classical and medieval history. The peopling of South Asia, Southeast Asian and Oceanic peoples, Oriental peoples, and Central Asia will have to wait until they are better investigated in antiquity.

Western Civilization was only weakly developed in this period. There are signs of human habitation, although at present I am only working with Balkan peoples and connecting Greek peoples through antiquity and classical and medieval history. It is not thought that the Americas were inhabited in early prehistory.

Social changes and movements are for now restricted to Stone age developments. This will be considered in more detail in the future, as will institutional change and cultural change. Religion, government, and economics are being considered. Culture, anthropology, personal studies, and science are mostly being reserved for the future.

I might note that although I accept the Biblical account of human origins, it is not entirely easy to reconcile with modern archaeological or anthropological knowledge. There is not enough detail in the records that have come down to us to say when or where Adam and Eve and their named descendants lived.

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