EcAncTimes - Economic Developments in Ancient Times...

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Economic Developments in Ancient Times Prehistoric Economies? Prehistoric = pre-writing (before 3,000 BC) Paleolithic ends 10,000 to 12,000 years ago Thousands of years of SLOW development Unit of organization tribal - technology limited (Stone Age - stone tools) Subject to cycle of feast and famine - migration saved them Emergence of Civilization End of glacial age 10-12,000 years ago Improved climate in Eurasia and North America Disappearance of big game Technology improved - better tools (New Stone Age or Neolithic) GRADUAL CHANGES Fertile Crescent - between Tigris and Euphrates First domestication of sheep and goats, cultivation of wheat and barley By 6,000 BC settled agriculture well established Greater productivity, accumulation of wealth By 5,000 BC cloth, pottery, some copper and gold metalworking The East West Axis More advantageous than NW axis Similar latitudes have similar climates and length of daylight etc. Crop continuity (genetic data for crops)
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2009 for the course ECON 4514 taught by Professor Shuie during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.

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