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Hist 1210 Textbook Notes Ch.1

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These are notes from Patterns of World History chapter 1.
Technology and Civilization I
Dr. Alan D. Meyer
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Date Created: 08/31/16
Patterns of World History Ch.1 The African Origins of Humanity  Prehistory --> 10,000 BCE  Stone tools, jewelry, geometric features, rock drawings.  Cultural beings: freedom from evolution, began creating their own history/evolution.  The Origins of Humanity Fully evolved modern humans emerged in Africa around 100,000 years ago.   Genetic modification due to constraints and opportunities offered by climate, environment, and genes. o Hominins: No Longer Chimps but Not Yet Humans  Referring to East African hominins  Hominin line split from the line of apes around 5 million years ago.  Homo erectus: first hominin that left Africa for Eurasia  Idea of prehistory:  "History" begins with the rise of the first cities in Mesopotamia around 3500 BCE due to the beginning of written documents from scribes.  Who Are Our Ancestors?  Ardis (4.5-4.3 million years ago): able to walk upright on the ground for extended periods of time.  After 200,000 years, Ardis were replaced by Australopiths.  Australopiths (3.9-1.8 million years ago)  "Lucy" skeleton find.  Environmental Adaptability  Bipedalism: the ability to walk upright on two feet. Seen as first human characteristic of hominins.  More energy efficient and freed up the hands to perform other tasks such as carrying, etc.  Being upright exposes less body surface to sun, which was important for hominins' venture from the rain forest into the savanna.  There are more than a dozen known Australopith lines.  Early hominin adaptations to the changing world later gave rise to diverse human cultures.  On the Threshold of Humanity  2.5 million years ago, an Australopith line increased its brain power enough to make stone tools.  Oldowan Toolmaking: splitting a stone in two pieces, producing sharp edges.  Stone tools led to omnivorous hominins.  Paleolithic: Old Stone Age (2.5 million - 11,500 years ago)  Homo erectus was the first line to be stabilized on two feet and officially left the trees.  Capable of walking long distances and mastered the control of fire.  Campgrounds formed with around two dozen hominins residing.  Brain size of homo erectus was half of the size of modern humans.  Acheulian Toolmaking: flaking a hard rock on both sides to create a triangular shaped hand axe.  1.8-1.6 million years ago.  "Out of Africa" theory being questioned regarding homo erectus due to the simultaneity of Acheulian tools in far-reaching areas. Very much possible that predecessors of the homo erectus species made the journey out of Africa.  Also, possible non-African origin of homo erectus.  Human Adaptations: From Africa to Eurasia and Australia  Distinctions of homo sapiens:  Rapidly developing technical skills  Cultural creativity o The African Origins of Human Culture  Homo sapiens emerged around 200,000 years ago in East Africa.  "homo sapien" = "wise man" = "modern human"  Livelihood  Around 400,000 years ago, switched from scavenging to hunting due to the development of the spear  Levallois Toolmaking: shaping a hard rock into a cylinder of cone first.  "Forager" society: combination of hunting and gathering  Spread of Obsidian marked the beginning of thousands of years of human interaction due to trade, etc.  Gender Relations  Dominant role of males emerged possibly at the same time as warring kingdoms emerged in the middle east.  Due to spread of workload in hunter/gatherer societies, gender relations are thought to have been relatively equal.  Creation of Symbols  Parallel to improvements in stone tools was improvements in homo sapiens' mental life.  Development of nonutilitarian objects  This is the true distinction between humans and other animals.  Homo sapiens were the first to think not only in concrete, practical terms but also in abstract symbolism.  Abstract symbolism is the root of human capacity for art and other intellectual pursuits.  Around 90,000 years ago, homo sapiens began burying their dead.  This signifies the understanding of the concept of life and death, and potentially that of an afterlife.  Migration from Africa  Modern humans left Africa around 80,000-60,000 years ago.  This began the journey/migration around the world, which lasted 70,000 years. o Migration from South Asia to Australia  Since Australia is cut off from the rest of the world, societies there remained foraging up until the modern scientific/industrial age.  Geography and Migration  Though smaller area compared to rest of world, Australia extends across a variety of geographical zones.  Settlement of the Continent  Aboriginals: original settlers of Australia  Bow and arrow emerged in south Africa around 64,000 years ago.  Keen sense of exploiting nature by the use of forest fires, etc.  Social Cultures and Social Expressions  Formation of clans (groups of families)  Typically monogamous marriage unless man was very rich and could support multiple wives.  The Dreamtime  Where the shaman constructs an imaginary reality of the lineage's roots, going back to when the world was created and the creator devised all customs, rituals, and myths.  Aboriginal society remained stateless due to the inability to acquire wealth.  Australian Rock Art  Humans did not have to interact with each other to express themselves in similar ways (seen in similarity between Australian and European rock art). o Migration from Asia to Europe  30,000 year gap between leaving Africa and going to Europe.  Neanderthals and Other Lines  When homo sapiens arrived in Europe it was already inhabited by Neanderthals, who descended from a successor of homo erectus.  Homo sapiens were seen as "intruders" of the land.  Neanderthals were smaller and heavier boned than modern humans.  Also showed evidence of a foraging livelihood, very similar to that of homo sapiens of the time.  Due to a small amount of interbreeding before the Neanderthal line disappeared, 1-4% of homo sapien genome was the same as the Neanderthals.  Rock Paintings and figurines:  Knew how to rind and mix certain things to form different colors.  The Ice Age Crisis and Human Migration to the Americas  Modern humans have experienced 2 ice ages. o The Ice Age  Difficult Living Conditions:  Obvious malnutrition and disease.  Domesticated the dog around 15,000 years ago.  Homo sapiens possessed the intellect and tools to survive.  Human mobility increased.  Increased signs of trade.  The Bering Land Bridge  Southern rim only place early humans could survive.  Migration to the Americas  Speculation whether humans arrived 13,500 years ago or were in the Americas before.  Paleoindians  Transitional population which led to the Native Americans.  Spirit Cave and Kennewick Man  Putting It All Together  Only 4% of evolution occurs from homo sapien fossil to the present day. The rest occurred in the "deep prehistory."  Previous 10,000 years of development occurred so quickly and so effectively it is hard to understand from an evolutionary point of view.  Early development was extremely slow.  Principal reason for this was because foragers had to monitor population growth in their groups.


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