Fire Poker or Stoker is a short, rigid rod, used to move the burning material in a fire. Archaeology shows that we have used stokers as a fireplace tool since the Palaeolithic period. This period is the prehistoric era noted for the development of the first stone tools. It covers the period from 2.5 or 2.6 million years ago until around 10,000 BC with the introduction of agriculture. It represents the greatest portion of human time on Earth (about 99% of human history). Archaeologists think that fireplace stokers were invented right after the discovery of fire.