The remains of ancient fire pits have provided a great deal of information about their culture. Carbon dating from charcoal found in old fire pits can actually estimate when areas (regions) were first populated. They can also indicate when certain civilizations died out. Also, bones and seeds found in these fire pits indicate the type of diet that civilizations ingested during the relevant time period. In archaeological terms, fire pits are referred to as “features” because they can be seen and recorded as part of the site. Yet, they cannot be moved without destroying this rich history of past civilizations.
Since the advent of man’s use of fire and fire pits, many advancements have been made. As man learnt to work with metals, in-ground heating and cooking rose above the ground. many styles of fire pits emerged as different cultures found new ways to shape and form metal.
The fire pit, in any of its forms, is an invention that changed the course of mankind. Without the ability to control fire, man would not have been able to cook food, keep warm and ward off predators and insects. Smelting of metals would not have been possible without the ability to concentrate heat. And the allure of the flames enjoyed on a crisp spring evening in modern man’s backyard among family and friends would never be experienced.