The Importance of the Neolithic Revolution
The Neolithic Revolution marked a turning point for humanity. The Neolithic Revolution is a major turning point in human history. Although it is not as well known as other revolutions such as the French Revolution, or the Industrial Revolution; nor did it take place quite so quickly, it is still in many ways much more significant. During this time, people discovered agriculture, new technologies were invented and people began to come together. If it hadn’t been for the Neolithic Revolution, society, as we know it today would be extremely different, and none of these other revolutions mentioned would have ever taken place.
The Neolithic revolution was the period in which agriculture was discovered, successfully practiced, and acknowledged by many other societies. Agriculture is the domestication of plants and animals. The people of this time began to grow crops such as oats, flax, wheat and barley. They also domesticated certain animals, such as goats, sheep, cattle and pigs. (p10) Due to the discovery of agriculture, people began to stay in one place for a long period of time. Because of this permanent dwellings were built. People came to the conclusion that they would be better off if they learned to harvest their own crops and settle in one location. The Neolithic town known as Catal Huyuk, which was located in southeren turkey was founded in 7000 B.C.E. This ancient town was about 32 acres large and on it were elaborate homes made of mud bricks supported by timber, and farms were also found on this land. (p 14) With the discovery of agriculture people also learned how to store and preserve food. With the advancements of harvesting and preserving food, this lead to food surpluses. For the first time in a long time food became readily available. The people of this time no longer had to spend long daunting hours out in the wilderness. Life was difficult during this time, but now they no longer had to worry about...
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