There is an archaeological system that divides the span of mankind into three eras, the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age. The Neolithic Period is part of the late Stone Age. It preceded the Bronze Age and followed the Paleolithic period, which was also in the Stone Age. During the Neolithic Period people used stone tools, domesticated plants and animals, and lived in villages. The Neolithic period in China ran from about 10,000 B.C. to 2000 B.C.; in northern India, from 8000 to 4500 B.C.; in Egypt, from 7000 to 4500 B.C.; in the Eastern Mediterranean, from about 10,000 to 3300 B.C.; in Cyprus, 8500 to 2500 B.C.; in the Balkans and Greece, from 7000 to 3200; in the Italic peninsula, from 5000 to 2000 B.C.; in northern and eastern Europe, from 3000 to 1800 B.C., according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Neo=new and lithic=stone, which is why the Neolithic Period is called the New Stone Age.
Also Known As: New Stone Age