Hum Hist I 11 ho 5

Hum Hist I 11 ho 5 - Human History Week 4, lecture 1...

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Human History Week 4, lecture 1 Greatest mistake? 1/24/11 The hunter-gatherer Garden of Eden Beginning of the “Long Summer” around 12,700 BCE is energy transition: more sunlight means more energy for plants; more plants mean more energy for animals that eat them; both mean more energy for human predators on plants and other animals In “Lucky Latitudes” (20-30°N in Old World, 15°S-20°N in New World) wild foods (barley, wheat, rye, millet, rice in Old World; peanuts, squash, teosinte) flourish; so do large wild mammals (gazelles, boars, llamas, horses) Humans (a) reproduce rapidly; (b) cluster (bands of a dozen or so people in Ice Age become communities of 100+ in Hilly Flanks by 12,000 BCE); (c) settle down—rise of permanent villages like ‘Ain Mallaha (Israel) Domestication: humans and other species Domestication of humans: settle down, permanent houses, painted walls; bury and look after the dead (often under houses) Permanent villages in Hilly Flanks generate garbage: by 11,000 BCE villages encourage
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This note was uploaded on 03/06/2012 for the course IHUM 69 taught by Professor Morris during the Winter '10 term at Stanford.

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Hum Hist I 11 ho 5 - Human History Week 4, lecture 1...

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