The era of primitive man, when his only tools and weapons were made of stone. In the old stone-age rudely chipped stone implements were used ; in the new stone-age the implements were smoothed and polished. Great numbers of these stone utensils have been found, in all parts of the earth. The stone-age was followed by the bronze-age, and that by the iron-age. 'Stone'ware. A coarse stuff used by potters, and the vessels of it glazed and baked.