Category Archives: Primitive Technology

780,00 Year old BBQ? Archaeology and Humans on Fire

When ancient humans first used fire to cook food

There’s no doubt that fire is one of the oldest and most fundamental tools that have humans have evolved to use. Fire made food easier to digest and safer to eat. It kept us warm at night, kept predators at bay, and gave us light when the sun was down. And most important of all – it gave us BBQ.

Recently, archaeologists from Tel Aviv University’s Steinhardt Museum of Natural History published a study based on the remains of fish teeth altered by high temperatures found by cooking with fire. Before this, use of fire by ancient humans was dated back to around 170,00 years ago. But with this new study, that has been pushed back to 780,000 years ago

Now, I invite you to speculate with me on an ancient scenario. We have fire. We have fish. The fish and the fire get combined, and we get delicious food. Then, someone with a talent and a “hunger” to take burned fish to the next level starts to play around, and gets good at cooking that fish juuuuuuust right. Bam! You have BBQ, stone age style.

In today’s video I am going to demonstrate how to create a fire and make some BBQ, just like they did in the olden days. Sit back, relax, and whet your appetite, because we are going to feast using the ancient technology of fire!

“Primitive” Technology Exposed- Stone Age Not Extinct

I recently did a poll asking what technology your wanted to see the most. Stone Age technology won, so today will be the start of our new series demonstrating the progression of stone age technology, and how it can still be used today.

Let’s look back in time to the very first technology attributed to ancient humans – stone tools.

The use of stone tools dates back to at least 2.6 million years, or even further. These ancient tools were very simple at first, consisting of chipping stones against stones to make simple edges, good for cutting and slicing. Humans were also using rocks for cracking and grinding plant material. Although these tools are ancient, they can still be used today for the same reasons.

Here I will demonstrate the use of stone tools to prepare food and materials.

In conclusion, it is safe to say that the Stone Age has not ended – we are still able to use these basic and ancient tools in our daily lives. Best of all, stone tools are ubiquitous and FREE. I encourage you to explore your ancient heritage by becoming reacquainted with stone tools and never be without tools to improve your survival again.

Primitive Technology – EXPOSED! Reality Fire with Hand Drill

Making fire by friction using a hand drill has the reputation for being the quintessential primitive technology. But if you are relying on that method without the proper preparation, you may find yourself cold, hungry, or dead.

But if you need to start a fire from complete scratch, a hand drill can work if you know how and what to do. There are three critical steps that must be met before you’ll have success. Those steps are: fitness, practice, and knowledge of local materials.

The first step, fitness, may not seem obvious. It is easy to imagine yourself starting fire with a hand drill when seeing it demonstrated on TV or video. But in a real life situation, if you are sick, injured, or simply out of shape, you’ll spend more energy than you can imagine without actually producing an ember. Even attempting the technique requires the use of the whole body, which would be hard or impossible if it is not in peak condition. Maintaining fitness and preserving health and soundness of body is the only way to ensure this technique is viable.

The second step is practice. Assuming you are fit, you will need to practice regularly to make sure you have the stamina and strength to see the process through. Also, your hands will need to develop callouses instead of blisters. This takes practice conditioning your hands.

Finally, knowledge of local materials is vital. Even an experienced hand drill operator may not find success without knowledge of when and what materials will make the best fire by friction. Preparing in advance by becoming familiar with local plant materials, when they are available throughout the year, and in what condition they will be useful will make or break your attempt.

In conclusion, making fire with a hand drill is not a spontaneous or easy method of producing fire by friction. If you are fit, in practice, and know exactly which materials are best, it can be effective. But in a survival situation, it shouldn’t be the first or only method you have available to start a fire.

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