Made with Xara Website by Susan Smily The Use of Fire Notes by Dr. Honora M. Finkelstein The use of fire for cooking can be definitely traced back at least to 60,000 years ago, and some archaeological discoveries suggest the use of fire for cooking as far back as 400,000 years ago.  Use of fire for the making of ceramics, bonding, and metallurgic purposes dates to at least 10,000 years ago.  And the 30,000-year-old paintings of animals in caves would certainly suggest that the painters needed fire, lamps, or lanterns in order to see to paint in the dark caves. So let’s give credit where it’s due!  Our ancient ancestors weren’t cave-dwelling, heavy-browed apes who dragged their women around by their hair and thumped their prey with clubs. They were pretty smart people, and we can feel good about being their descendants—and perhaps learn things about ourselves in the process of studying them.