DSST Anthropology as a Discipline

During this time humans learned to raise crops and

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During this time, humans learned to raise crops and keep domestic livestock , and were thus no longer dependent on hunting, fishing, and gathering wild plants. This period saw the major changes in human evolution, for example village life, religion, art, architecture, farming, advanced tools and weapons etc. The cultivation of cereal grains enabled Neolithic peoples to build permanent dwellings and congregate in villages, and the release from nomadism and a hunting-gathering economy gave them the time to pursue specialized crafts. Archaeological evidence indicates that the transition from food-collecting cultures to food-producing ones gradually occurred across Asia and Europe from a starting point in the Fertile Crescent. Cultivation and animal domestication first appeared in southwestern Asia by about 9000 BC, and a way of life based on farming and settled villages had been firmly achieved by 7000 BC in the Tigris and Euphrates river valleys (now in Iraq and Iran) and in what are now Syria, Israel, Lebanon, and Jordan. These earliest farmers raised barley and wheat and kept sheep and goats, later supplemented by cattle and pigs. Their innovations spread from the Middle East northward into Europe by two routes: across Turkey and Greece into central Europe, and across Egypt and North Africa and thence to Spain. Farming communities appeared in Greece as early as 7000 BC, and farming spread northward throughout the continent over the next four millennia. This long and gradual transition was not completed in Britain and Scandinavia until after 3000 BC and is known as the Mesolithic Period. Neolithic technologies also spread eastward to the Indus River valley of India by 5000 BC. Farming communities based on millet and rice appeared in the Huang Ho (Yellow River) valley of China and in Southeast Asia by about 3500 BC. Neolithic modes of life were achieved independently in the New World . Corn (maize), beans, and squash were gradually domesticated in Mexico and Central America from 6500 BC on, though sedentary village life did not commence there until much later, at about 2000 BC. In the Old World the Neolithic Period was succeeded by the Bronze Age (q.v.) when human societies learned to combine copper and tin to make bronze, which replaced stone for use as tools and weapons. The temple city of Chichen Itza is the most famous of the Maya archaeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula. Chichen Itza was built about the 6th century AD by the Maya civilization in the Yucatan state of what is today known as Mexico. The dog was the first domesticated animal . The earliest evidence of a domesticated dog is a jawbone dated to about 12,000 years ago found in Iraq. The domestication of dogs was followed by sheep, goats, cattle and pigs and later still by draught animals such as horses and oxen.
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