Neolithic


Stonehenge
In the most important development in human history, Neolithic people took the first step toward civilization.

The Neolithic revolution


Jericho Skull
Is the plaster face on this skull modeled after a real person? Is it one of the world’s oldest portraits?

The Jericho Skull





Working Jade
Jade is a stone that is too hard to carve—to work it, artisans slowly rub away stone with grit.

Working jade



Anthropomorphic Stele
This stone marker depicts an abstracted human. How should we interpret one of the Arabia’s earliest artifacts?

Anthropomorphic stele




Bushel with ibex motifs
This beautiful pot was created over 5,000 years ago, and its decoration echoes its shape.

Bushel with ibex motifs


Jade Cong
Found in large numbers in burials, these Chinese carvings constitutes an enormous effort by skilled craftsman.

Jade Cong


Stonehenge
Recognized worldwide, Stonehenge seems an impossible task: how, and why, did prehistoric people build it?

Stonehenge


Catalhoyuk
The city of Çatalhöyük points to one of man's most important transformations, from nomad to settled farmer.

Çatalhöyük



Jericho
Mentioned in the Bible, Jericho is one of the oldest continuously-occupied sites in the world.

Jericho