I haven't seen my children in so long, I forgot what they look like! How will I tell my wife?
Ugh. I hate gathering berries. It's like, so lame.
Help me Mommy! I'm starving!
OMG! I planted something in the ground, and it actually grew! We can do this forever! We will never starve again!!!
MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!!!
What a revolutionary idea!
♪Just whistle while you work♪
Ability to Build Permanent Shelters
♪And cheerfully together we can tidy up the place♪
♪So hum a merry tune♪
♪It won't take you long when there's a song to help you set the pace♪
We're the BEST at working together.
Before the agriculture revolution, people were nomads. They moved around from place to place, never settling in a permanent home. Men hunted, risking their lives, and weren't home often. Women watched their children and gathered berries. There wasn't enough food, and many people died of starvation. It was a sad and dangerous time, often referred to as the Paleolithic Age.
Working Together in Communities
We're the best worker-together-ers the world has ever SEEN!
Uh... um... YEAH!
Yipee! I can weave clothes to my heart's content instead of collecting those gol-darn berries!!
Around 8000 B.C., people discovered agriculture. They realized that they could plant seeds and harvest crops. They also learned that they could domesticate animals such as sheep, cattle, mules, and goats. The agriculture revolution changed people's lives for the better: they could build permanent shelters, work together in communities, create specialized jobs, and trade with others. There was also a surplus of food, so no one starved. Yay!
I can make tools to help my community!!
And I can finally change my pants!
During the Paleolithic Age, people had to make temporary, tent-like shelters, or live in caves. However, as a result of the agriculture revolution, they were able to create permanent shelters. They used mud bricks, and sometimes added sticks and stones to strengthen the walls. They made separate rooms that held food, and they dug pits for cooking. These larger houses allowed people to make larger communities and provide better shelter from harsh weather.
Thanks for the red rocks! My wife REALLY needs redder cheeks. Like, OMG.
Th-thanks for the obsidian! I c-can't wait to use it to make a kn-knife. Hehe!
During the Paleolithic Age, people lived in small groups, usually less than 60 people. But in the Neolithic Age, people were able to settle close together and form larger communities, because they didn't really need to travel. Communities learned to work together to do tasks more efficiently. Because they were able to do things faster, they had more time for other things. For example, large communities could defend themselves better against enemies.
Because it wasn't as hard to get food during the Neolithic Age, only some people (farmers) had to work to get the food. This allowed for other jobs, such as weaving clothes, making tools, building houses, making baskets, and more. People were happier as individuals, and because of all the needs being met, people were happier as a community as well.
Before the agriculture revolution, trading was uncommon. But during the Neolithic Age, people started to do it more often. People traded for resources they didn't have in their area that they needed/wanted. Traders traveled long distances to make their trades. They usually traveled on foot, donkey, or ship (if they were crossing bodies of water). Popular items to trade for included flint, obsidian, and hematite (a red ore women used as a "beauty product").