Did Stone Age people have haircuts?
I know we only have our imagination to know how they looked, but given they were pretty much like us, their hair would grow, just like our hair grows. Yet in all the drawings you see of Stone Age people in books they're never shown as having long hair. Given how often people (children included) have haircuts, & given that hair grows your whole lifetime, why are Stone Age people always shown with short hair? And if they did cut their hair how would they do it. Hair must be very hard to cut with only stone tools.
- MaskLv 46 years agoFavorite Answer
Stone tools (blades etc) are extremely efficient - one such Stone Age flesh cutting blade was tried out by a present day butcher here in UK and so taken with it's efficiency he asked to keep it - so he did.
As for cutting human hair, with a knife like the above it would be no problem.
Here in England at Stonehenge they've founds thousands of flint arrow heads and pig bones. Our ancestors took their pigs to Stonehenge and shot them using bows and arrows and then cooked them up in large earth pots. All the evidence is there. As we got into the bronze age we built the mighty Stonehenge itself - about 4,000 years ago.
So complex is the building of Stonehenge no one knows how it was done. How do you shift a forty ton rock from a site some 20 miles away to where you intend to build your standing stone circle?
One man thinks he may have the answer - Mister Wally Wallington USA.
Wally does not claim this is how it was done. But, because he is a construction worker, he has shown how it could be done - moving a 40 ton block that is.
Making flint arrow heads
Do not under estimate your Stone-Age ancestors - they had thousands of years to learn their skills and their weapons were awesome - this next video shows you a 50 pound longbow with a flint arrow head and etc.
A longbow was found near Stonehenge it had a sixty pound pull - a mock up of it was made and it shot an arrow over 300 paces - wow.
People came to Stonehenge from all over Europe
This is the English Longbow of the Middle Ages - a deadly weapon - especially when you had ten thousand archers as the English did at Agincourt in France.
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- Anonymous6 years ago
Further to the answers given, no one has asked an obvious question.
Which part of the Stone age are you asking about. New Stone age using Flint for cutting hair and I believe shaving were quite possible.
It has been postulated that Hair cutting may well pre date New stone age so going back to old stone age, however, you basically need the technology and we don't know enough about how they used some of their stone tools, and the comb is New stone age being around 8,000 years B.C. the earliest example, which is quite late, but hair grooming will have gone on anyway.
It has always amused me that Stone age peoples are shown with less than long hair, and in fact both men and women would probably have long flowing hair, unless it was curly? And we don't know if that was the case or not.
- CMVLv 66 years ago
As no-one knows what they looked like , artists have to guess .
Given the number of different hair fashions and customs among modernday indigenous peoples , I'd guess that Stone Age people had just as many variations in what they did with their hair as you see today .
Including things that would remind you of Punks , probably .
- Anonymous6 years ago
Stone tools are very sharp, and would cut hair with liuttle problem. I suspect that no-one bothered about what hair looked like, but that it would get cut off if it became a nuisance in any way.
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- Enough TrollsLv 76 years ago
They would have had long hair - stops sunburn on the nape of the neck.
Hair becomes self cleaning if not washed for a couple of months - so long tresses all round and ful beards for the men.
- LenaLv 43 years ago
this is a question along with two possible answers, some guys favor long hair while others may choose shorter hair
- not in my yardLv 56 years ago
Yes. Cave pictures prove they had a famous hairdresser called Vidalus Sasoonus.
- 6 years ago
Yes they had stylish mullets