The Stone Age is usually divided into three separate periods: Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic. See more. The Stone Age lasted roughly 3.4 million years, from 30,000 BCE to about 3,000 BCE, and ended with the advent of metalworking. Language has become a tool of thought. The Stone Age people seem to have had at least 26 common symbols used throughout parts of Europe, which they used perhaps to record the past or perhaps for religious or magic rituals. Later, when they made sense to an every sound, man has passed on to so called articulated speech. Old stone age definition, the Paleolithic period. The Stone Age has been divided into three distinct periods: Paleolithic Period or Old Stone Age (30,000 BCE–10,000 BCE) Along with the speech and language paleolithic people evolved. Stone Age, prehistoric cultural stage, or level of human development, characterized by the creation and use of stone tools, the oldest known of which date to some 3.3 million years ago. The Paleolithic or Palaeolithic or Palæolithic (/ ˌ p eɪ l-, ˌ p æ l i oʊ ˈ l ɪ θ ɪ k /), also called the Old Stone Age, is a period in human prehistory distinguished by the original development of stone tools that covers c. 99% of the time period of human technological prehistory. Humans in old stone age used unrelated cries to express their joy, pain, sadness, happiness, hatred, fear, etc.