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Unformatted text preview: e last layer created before the gazelle died. Using this technique you can see if the gazelle was killed in summer or winter. At Natu…an sites one …nds gazelles killed in all seasons, suggesting year round residence. James A. Robinson (Harvard) The Emergence of Modern Economic Growth: A Comparative and23, 2009 Analysis September Historical 6 / 21 The Natu…ans Why did Natu…ans become sedentary? The density of Natu…an sites is no greater than that of previous groups so there does not appear to be evidence of increasing population density. Skeletal and dental evidence also does not suggest deteriorating health. For instance, food shortage tends to create thin lines in people’ tooth enamel called hypoplasias. These lines are less s prevalent in Natu…an people than farming people and there does not seem to be evidence of decreasing living standards. Archaeologists currently believe that sedentism emerged from periodic gatherings, probably for ceremonial or religious reasons. During the Younger Dryas we know that the Natu…ans became less sedentary, but it seems that it was the legacy of sedentism that then led to farming when after 9600BC global temperatures rose by 7 degrees C in less than decade. James A. Robinson (Harvard) The Emergence of Modern Economic Growth: A Comparative and23, 2009 Analysis September Historical 7 / 21 Abu Hurerya One of the best documented sites where we can study the transition from foraging to farming is Abu Hureyra on the banks of the river Euphrates in northern Syria. There was a permanent settlement of hunter gatherers about 11,000 to 10,000 years ago but real signs of domestication only begin about 9,600 years ago. Prior to the emergence of agriculture and genetic changes in crops there is evidence of ‘ cultivation’of wild cereals and there are remains of stone sickles which were clearly used for cutting wild crops. James A. Robinson (Harvard) The Emergence of Modern Economic Growth: A Comparative and23, 2009 Analysis September Hi...
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