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The Origins of Civilization

This module provides essays and lesson plans for teachers who want to introduce the origins of civilization to their curriculum. The module focuses on the transition from life based on hunting and gathering to an economy based on raising domesticated animals and plants. The module contains the following essays:

"From Hunters to Farmers: A Revolution in Human History"

"The Neolithic Revolution"

"Domestication of Plants and Animals: A Global Perspective"

"The Consequences of Sedentism: What Happens When Mobile Hunter-Gatherers Settle Down?"

"Environment and Culture: How Do We Best Explain How Societies Change?"



The Oriental Institute, The University of Chicago
Gil Stein


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