Oh no, my poor husband has been attacked by a wild animal while hunting! What will we do?
This winter was hard. There was not enough berries for everyone.
These wild seeds seem to grow well here! We will have a big harvest this year! Enough for everyone, yay!
We have so much food we can feed some animals and keep them for meat!
DEVELOPMENT OF SEDENTARY COMMUNITIES
Now we can settle down in one place without having to constantly move!
There are other kids in our neighborhood! I can play with them now!
In Paleolithic times, life was very difficult for the early humans. They lived a nomadic lifestyle in which they hunted and gathered food. They faced many dangers from wild animals to never having a permanent shelter. Sometimes there was not enough food and people would go days hungry.
Your chicken for this sack of grain?
What would you like for those vegetables?
Around 8000 BCE, humans had started to realize they could take the seeds of plants to grow and domesticate animals for food. Now they could stay in one place, start farming and raise livestock. They now had a reliable food supply which let them settle down in one place.
Now, I don't have to spend all my time farming! I can spend my time fishing!
As they settled down, people began to grow their own food, and as a result they ended up with food surpluses which could feed many people. Consequently, they also experienced population growth, so communities expanded.
INVENTIONS AND SHARING IDEAS
I just carved this circular piece of wood! We can use it to roll things so it is easier on our backs!
As the Neolithic people began to settle in towns and villages, trading became a frequent activity. People would trade to get materials they did not grow. Eventually, they would travel to other civilizations to trade for materials they did not have.
With all the food surpluses, some people had free time to do other things than finding food. The surpluses freed some of the population from farming to pursue other trades. People became artisans, workers skilled in one specific area. They made pottery, tools, fabric and more.
I am better at this than farming! We now have pots to use!
With the food surpluses, people had no need to spend so much time farming. Instead, they could devote their time to new ideas and inventions. They would share these ideas with other people in their community.
Wow, I had no idea! We need to tell everyone about this!