Explore the Art In this scene, young Maria de Sautuola discovers prehistoric cave paintings in Altamira, Spain, in 1879. What do these paintings say about the life of early people?
What You Will Learn…
History is the study of the past, and people who study history are called historians. Historians try to learn what life was like for people long ago in places around the world. To understand the people and places of the past, historians study clues and evidence.
Some historians study the earliest humans. Early people hunted animals, gathered plants, and learned how to make stone tools. Eventually, people learned to grow food and raise animals for themselves.
In the next two chapters, you will learn about the subject of history and about the world ’s earliest peoples.