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These notes cover Week 7 - "Neolithic and Domestication" and "Agriculture and Settlement in SW Asia"
Intro to Archaeology
Rory Dennison
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ANTH, Anthropology, archeology




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Date Created: 02/29/16
Week 7 Notes Neolithic and Domestication:  Mesolithic Settlement Patterns o Use of base camps o Scheduling: Moving base camps for the best seasonality (seasonal resources) o Typical forager week = 40­45 hours  Vedbaek Valley, Denmark (7ka) o 50+ sites o Coastal base camps o Vedbaek Site:  Special purpose site  Cemetery  Trio buried (male, female, infant) – proof of violence  Remains include a newborn on a swan wing, flint knife, pillow, pendants,  decorations (mother) – evidence of social stratification o Vaenget Nord Site  Special purpose site  Seasonal scheduling evidence  Carrier Mills, Black Earth Sites o In IL o 6000­4500ya (Archaic period) o Base camps o Collector strategies o Foraging technology  o 13 acres at the Black Earth Site, 143 total o 3 middens o Specialized technology: Bone pins – signaled social identity; there were regional  differences o Cemetery:  154 excavated and 500+ total  Burial goods (25%) – signified age, sex, and roles; evidence of achieved  status  Neolithic Agriculture: o Began around 10kya o A way of obtaining food that involves the use of domesticated plants and animals o The change in the relationship between people and the land o Domestication is complete when human­induced changes make a species  dependent on humans for reproduction and survival  Creates mutual interdependence o Domestication causes changes that are preferable to people but can be damaging  to the organism in the wild (harming rates of survival/reproduction) o Domesticated species have permanent physical changes from human manipulation o Crops domesticated before animals    Collection v. Production (old forager methods v. new domestication  methods)  Cultivation: clearing fields, preparing soil, weeding, watering, protecting  plants from animals o Animal domestication in terms of Wild v. Tame v. Domesticated  Domesticated animals are non­territorial, docile, useful, have a social  hierarchy, and can be rapidly reproduced/bred  “Tame” refers to individual animals  People breed animals with the best traits to pass down those genes  Neolithic Revolution o New Stone Age o A revolution because major changes in how people interact with the  environment/world o Started and spread out from important locations – these places mastered  domestication first and spread their knowledge  Centers of Domestication o SW Asia (12kya)  Crops: Barley, beet, carrot, chickpea, date, fig, lentil, olive, pea, wheat  Animals: Goat, pig, sheep  Food scheduling – plants used but not yet domesticated  Fertile Crescent = great resourceful environment for domestication  Mediterranean climate and diverse topography o E and SE Asia (12kya)  Crops: Apricot, banana, barley, cucumber, millet, peach, rice, soybean,  sugar cane, taro, turnip  Animals: Chicken, horse  Some things (pig) independently domesticated at different centers  Lots of domestication by ~8kya o Sub­Saharan Africa (7ka)  Crops: Colanut (used for Coca Cola); millet, oil palm, okra, sorghum, tef,  watermelon, yam  Animals: Cattle, donkey o N America (5kya)  Crops: Cranberry, goosefoot, sunflower  Less domesticates than other regions o Mesoamerica (10kya)  Crops: Avocado, beans, chili pepper, chocolate, corn, cotton, gourd,  manioc, papaya, peanuts, pineapple, squash, tobacco, tomato, vanilla  Animals: Dog, rabbit, turkey o S America (10kya)  Crops: Chocolate, potato, quinoa, sweet potato  Animals: Guinea pig, llama  Origins of Agriculture o Oasis Hypothesis  By V. Gordon Childe  Environmental shifts (less rain) in SW Asia caused plants/animals to  cluster around water sources (oasis), humans followed these resources and influenced the growth of plants/animals (the start of domestication)  Proven to be inaccurate  Requires a very specific set of circumstances  This wasn’t really a period of dry weather, it was actually wetter o Natural Habitat/“Hilly Flanks” Hypothesis  Hilly Flanks = a region of hillsides in the Fertile Crescent  Created by Robert Braidwood  Environment shifted from dry to very good in a short expanse of land  This good land could be used for domestication  Based on historical comparisons/research  Not universally applicable – many only true for this specific region o Demographic Pressure Hypothesis  By Kent Flannery and Lewis Binford  Population pressure demanded agricultural advancements  Region had a limiting factor for what it could support  Carrying capacity: Max number of species that can be present in/supported by a region – most that can be fed with the available resources  If population exceeds the carrying capacity, naturally occurring events will happen to lower the population (starvation and even war)  Agriculture developed out of need for large population size to survive  Critical Factors for Agriculture o Environmental changes o Population­resource imbalance (demographic pressure hypothesis) o Restricted mobility  Decreased mobility/increased sedentism  Can’t move to a different region in search of food  It’s unsure what direction the causality goes in  Consequences of Agriculture  o Physical changes in humans  Agriculture was more labor intensive than hunting­gathering, resulting in  injuries and degenerative diseases like arthritis  Worse dental health (grains stuck to teeth) – cavities led to infection o Overpopulation  Increased population and density  More disease – could also be transferred from animals to people  More organization/centralization – the need to regulate/control/restrict  people o Health  People less healthy  Less nutrition because people used a single resource in a large amount as  opposed to the diverse diets of hunter­gatherers  In the last 100 years humans have re­reached the avg. height of the  Mesolithic o Effects on Nature  Environmental degradation  Overgrowing on the same fields over many years led to infertile soil  Evidence of Agriculture o Indirect  Evidence of the use of a product, but not the product itself  Impressions of cereal grains in pottery (storage jars)  Ex. Grinding stones that were used to process/prepare grains o Direct:  Ex. Pollen – domesticated plant pollen looks different from wild strains  Can look at microscopic phytoliths  Carbonized food remains (especially cereal and seeds) – burned in  middens or fire pits Agriculture and Settlement in SW Asia:    Fertile Crescent o Zagros and Taurus Mountains o Marshes o Mediterranean climate o Wild and diverse resources  Developments Timeline o Permanent villages 11000 BCE o Cultivated plants 9000 BCE o Herd animals 8500 BCE o Pottery 7500 BCE  Cultural/Stylistic Periods o Kebaran and Geometric Period (25000­15000 BCE)  Pre­agriculture  Nomadic hunter­gatherers  Seasonal movement  Use wild grains (not domestication)  Microlithic tools – no ground stones yet  Ohalo II Site (19400 BP) on Sea of Galilee Coast o Natufian Period (13000­10000 BCE)  During the transition to Neolithic  Pre­agriculture  Permanent villages  A dozen stone house structures  Permanency because of environmental shifts (more rain –  resources that thrived and were easier to use)  Extensive use of wild plants/animals to support village life  Very mobile prior to this point  Evidence of food from ground stone artifacts (mortars, pestles, bowls,  plates)  Sickle blades used on cereal grasses  Human remains with cavities – proof of grains/starches  Used a wider variety of resources  Ex. Shellfish (Nile Valley) and Obsidian (Anatolian)  Buried their dead in the villages, often under houses or abandoned storage  pits  Secondary burial: bury the dead, body decays, clean/preserve  bones, rebury  Cultural art shown in carvings and plasters applied to skeletal  remains (skulls)  Dorothy Garrod – 1929 Mount Carmel Excavations  Coined the term Natufian  ‘Ain Mallaha Site (11000­9000 BCE)  One of the earliest villages  200­300 people – very large and unique  Round houses with stone foundations  Evidence of hearths and storage bins  Started to use things that were later domesticated  Hayonim Cave  Permanent circular houses  Middens  Graves outside homes o Younger Dryas Climate (10800­9500 BCE)  Return to a near­glacial climate at the start of the Holocene  Mini Ice Age  Cold and dry  Possibly caused food stress and stimulated agriculture o Early (Pre­Pottery) Neolithic (10000­6500 BCE)  Domesticate plants/animals around 10000 BCE  Crops: barley, lentils, peas, rye, wheat  Increased population growth  Villages and even towns appear  Ritual structures and objects are widespread  Manipulated human remains o Plastered skulls – a mask on top with shells in eye sockets o Unsure as to why – possible ancestor worship?  Plaster statues (‘Ain Ghazal)  Stone masks – carved (Nahal Hemar Cave; Horvat Duma)  Abu Hureyra Site  A tell – mound of debris that looks like a hill o Trash buildup from years of humans repeatedly using the  rubble/ashes of old mud­brick­clay houses as the  foundation of new houses  Evidence of hunting and wild grain use  Large population of 200­300 people  2 to 3 story tall structures built close together  30 acres  Once on fertile land but it dried up – they still ate the same foods  by domesticating   Cultivated wild resources  Start to use fewer foods because they are relying on certain  domesticates o This shows in their health – posture to use grounding stones leads to damage/arthritis in ankles/toes  Jericho  Another tell  Occupied for a long time (9000 years) and began in 10500 BCE  A regional trade center – traded stones for tools and jewelry o There was a widespread area of trade items  6 acres and 70 feet high  Large stone tower (and mud­brick) on one side of settlement o Structure on top o Ditch in front o More symbolic than defensive – used as a landmark or for  ritual purposes (it had restricted access) o Ditch in front of it = prevented flooding and mudslides o Late Neolithic  Widespread collapse and dispersal of communities (big centers)  End of earlier ritual systems  Appearance of pottery (7500 BCE)  Used for storage, to hold water, to keep out pests/moisture  Hand­formed  Utilitarian storage (used for strictly practical purposes)  Large communities appeared in central and Western Turkey  Catalhöyük  7000­6000 BCE  2 times the size of Jericho – 32 acres and 10,000 people  Relied on wild resources  Domesticated barley, lentils, peas, wheat; goats and sheep; some  cattle but probably not a domesticate  A trade center (lots of obsidian traded)  Excavated by James Mellaart and Ian Hodder  Art and ritual: o Cat god/dess o Lots of bulls (horns and heads of bulls) o Ritual use in households – they had shrines in them o 20% of the structures had shrines o Tall, skinny houses with roof access o Multipurpose spaces o Furniture built into walls (shelves, beds, tables)  Not as much social inequality as expected – basically none  No public buildings  SW Asia Summary o *Important to know the order things happened or were domesticated* o Settled villages appear before domestication o Plants domesticated first, and then herd animals o Pottery follows o Shift to agriculture o Consequences = population growth, larger communities, more ritual


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