How ancient people mined the fire


Who and how first began to use fire still remains a mystery, but most likely it happened by accident. At some point ancient people noticed that after forest fires there are hot floors that give heat, and the meat of dead animals, becomes tastier. Another option is possible: during a severe thunderstorm, lightning could strike a dry tree and light it. Undoubtedly, the pioneer who defied his fear was a true daredevil. Thanks to natural curiosity, savvy and bravery, this primitive man and gave his family or his tribe such a miracle as fire.


The fire

extracted during a thunderstorm or fire people carefully guarded, and the care of it was trusted only by the most responsible representatives of their community. However, sometimes the fire is gus, and the whole tribe was left without heat and light. In primitive society, there was an acute need to mine fire without hoping for the next thunderstorm or fire. People in antiquity could get it only by an experienced way. It is not known how many ways they have tried, but archaeological finds suggest that only a few of them have reached the targets.


Scraping is the easiest but time-consuming way of extracting fire. His point was to drive a dry wand along a wooden plank. Pressing on the stick with force, the person tried to achieve the plaque smoldering, to then pour dry grass and leaves and thus get fire. Scientists called the contraption a fire plow.


Another fixture of the ancients is a fire saw. The main difference from the “plow” was that the stick man drove not along the board, but across it. Thus the smoldering wood shavings were scraped. However, the man soon found a faster and easier way to mine fire — drilling. A hole was worked in a log or large sliver, in which a wand-drill was inserted. Due to vigorous friction of the stick between the palms of the hands, from under it began to ooze smoke. This meant wood powder began to smolder.


A later and one of the most common and effective ways to extract fire is to carve the spark with flint. The flint at that time was served by a common stone, which was hit hard on a piece of iron ore. Spark carving was done under the tilt so that the resulting sparks got onto the leaves or dry grass. Fire in this way ignited much faster.

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