The New Stone Age

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Ireland's First Farmers, c.4000BC

Later on, in about 4000BC, more people came to Ireland. They came from places now called Britain, France and Spain. They brought with them a new invention called farming. They became Ireland's first farmers. This was the beginning of the New Stone Age in Ireland.

A Better Way of Life

Stone Age settlement
Courtsey of Stephanie Rowe

Farming had many advantages. People did not have to move around in search of food. They could stay in the one place and build houses and settlements like in this picture.

Another advantage of farming was that people did not run out of food as often as before. It was a better way of life.