The Neolithic Revolution(Agricultural Rev) A Turning Point?
DO NOW - • What was a time period in your life where something happened and as a result, nothing has ever been the same again?
Turning Point • Define: Turning Point: • A time at which a decisive change in a situation occurs, esp. one with beneficial results.
Nomadic Hunter-gatherers • For thousands and thousands of years, stone age men and women were NOMADIC (Highly Mobile) hunter-gatherers who ate wild game and collected wild plants. • BUT What changed?!
With just a quick shave and a suit a Cro-Magnon would look just like YOU!
You Can Thank WOMEN For That… • Women, who gathered wild berries, began to notice that the seeds they had scattered in previous years were turning into crops……ushering in the NEOLITHIC REVOLUTION!
Define: Neolithic Revolution • The shift from food gathering to food producing.
Turning Point?! • Should the Neolithic Revolution be considered a turning point? • Why/Why not?
WHY NOW?! • Changes in environment • Longer growing season • Decrease in wile game • Rise in population
Methods of Farming • Slash and Burn Farming – Farmers would cut and burn trees to clear a field, use the ash as fertilizer, and then plant for a few years before moving on to a new piece of land.
Domestication of Animals • Hunters began domesticating animals to create a larger food source as well as create a work force. • Horses, sheep, goats, dogs
RISE OF CIVILIZATIONS • Africa • China • Mexico • Peru • ALL EXPERIENCED THE NEOLITHIC REVOLUTION!
The Neolithic Revolution lead to eventual rise of Civilization