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In this farming community, farmers are working the land and keeping animals. Others are building boats and making pots from clay....Read More >>In this farming community, farmers are working the land and keeping animals. Others are building boats and making pots from clay. Women are sewing, weaving baskets, and preparing food. Europe's first inhabitants were hunter-gatherers, who hunted for wild animals and picked plants to eat. By around 7000–6500 BC, some people living in southeastern Europe had settled down to grow crops. It took a few thousand years for farming to spread across Europe. Although people still hunted wild animals and fished in the rivers, they usually lived in simple farming communities, often close to water. They cut down trees to make room for fields. They could grow barley, wheat and other grains, as well as keep livestock. From around 4000 BC, some Europeans could make goods from metal. 



Stone monuments

Stonehenge as it may have looked soon after completion in 2200 BCBy about 2000 BC, people in Europe had begun to build huge stone monuments for religious worship. To build Stonehenge, which stands on Salisbury Plain in southern England, massive stones had to be dragged across the plain on rollers, placed in deep pits and then hauled upright.
 

The largest stone circle in Europe is at Avebury, in Wiltshire, England. It was built around 2600 BC and has a diameter of 331.6 m (1088 ft).

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