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A "Sumerian harvester's "sickle, dated to 3,000 BC

The Neolithic Revolution, Neolithic Demographic Transition, or Agricultural Revolution, was the wide-scale transition of many "human cultures from a lifestyle of "hunting and gathering to one of "agriculture and "settlement, making an increasingly larger population possible.[1] These settled communities permitted humans to observe and experiment with plants to learn how they grew and developed.[2] This new knowledge led to the domestication of plants.[2][3]

Archaeological data indicates that the "domestication of various types of plants and animals happened in separate locations worldwide, starting in the "geological "epoch of the "Holocene[4] around 12,500 years ago.[5] It was the world's first historically verifiable revolution in agriculture. The Neolithic Revolution greatly narrowed the diversity of foods available, resulting in a downturn in human nutrition.[6]

The Neolithic Revolution involved far more than the adoption of a limited set of food-producing techniques. During the next millennia it would transform the small and mobile groups of hunter-gatherers that had hitherto dominated "human pre-history into "sedentary (non-"nomadic) "societies based in built-up villages and towns. These societies radically modified their "natural environment by means of specialized food-crop cultivation, with activities such as "irrigation and "deforestation which allowed the production of surplus food.

These developments provided the basis for "densely populated settlements, specialization and "division of labour, more "trade, the development of non-portable "art and "architecture, centralized administrations and political structures, hierarchical "ideologies, depersonalized systems of knowledge (e.g. "writing), and "property ownership. The earliest known "civilization developed in "Sumer in southern "Mesopotamia (c. 5,500 "BP); its emergence also heralded the beginning of the "Bronze Age.[7]

The relationship of the above-mentioned Neolithic characteristics to the onset of agriculture, their sequence of emergence, and empirical relation to each other at various Neolithic sites remains the subject of academic debate, and varies from place to place, rather than being the outcome of universal laws of "social evolution.[8][9] The "Levant saw the earliest developments of the Neolithic Revolution from around 10,000 BC, followed by sites in the wider "Fertile Crescent. The Neolithic Revolution "inspired some of the most important developments in human history including the invention of the "wheel, the planting of the first cereal "crops and the development of "cursive script, "mathematics, "astronomy and "agriculture."[10][11]


Agricultural transition[edit]

Map of the world showing approximate centers of origin of agriculture and its spread in prehistory: the Fertile Crescent (11,000 BP), the Yangtze and Yellow River basins (9,000 BP) and the New Guinea Highlands (9,000–6,000 BP), Central Mexico (5,000–4,000 BP), Northern South America (5,000–4,000 BP), sub-Saharan Africa (5,000–4,000 BP, exact location unknown), eastern North America (4,000–3,000 BP).[12]
"Knap of Howar farmstead on a site occupied from 3,700 BC to 2,800 BC

The term Neolithic Revolution was coined in 1923 by "V. Gordon Childe to describe the first in a series of agricultural revolutions in "Middle Eastern history. The period is described as a "revolution" to denote its importance, and the great significance and degree of change affecting the communities in which new agricultural practices were gradually adopted and refined.

The beginning of this process in different regions has been dated from 10,000 to 8,000 BC in the "Fertile Crescent[5][13] and perhaps 8000 BC in the "Kuk Early Agricultural Site of "Melanesia.[14][15] This transition everywhere seems associated with a change from a largely "nomadic "hunter-gatherer way of life to a more "settled, agrarian-based one, with the inception of the "domestication of various plant and animal species—depending on the species locally available, and probably also influenced by local culture. Recent archaeological research suggests that in some regions such as the Southeast Asian peninsula, the transition from hunter-gatherer to agriculturalist was not linear, but region-specific.[16]

There are several competing (but not mutually exclusive) theories as to the factors that drove populations to take up agriculture. The most prominent of these are:

Domestication of plants[edit]

Neolithic grindstone or "quern for processing grain

Once agriculture started gaining momentum, around 9000 BC, human activity resulted in the "selective breeding of cereal grasses (beginning with "emmer, "einkorn and "barley), and not simply of those that would favour greater caloric returns through larger seeds. Plants with traits such as small seeds or bitter taste would have been seen as undesirable. Plants that rapidly shed their seeds on maturity tended not to be gathered at harvest, therefore not stored and not seeded the following season; years of harvesting selected for strains that retained their edible seeds longer.

Several plant species, the "pioneer crops" or "Neolithic founder crops, were identified by Daniel Zohary, who highlighted the importance of the three "cereals, and suggested that domestication of "flax, "peas, "chickpeas, "bitter vetch and "lentils came a little later. Based on analysis of the "genes of domesticated plants, he preferred theories of a single, or at most a very small number of domestication events for each "taxon that spread in an arc from the "Levantine corridor around the "Fertile Crescent and later into Europe.[29][30] "Gordon Hillman and Stuart Davies carried out experiments with wild wheat varieties to show that the process of domestication would have occurred over a relatively short period of between 20 and 200 years.[31] Some of these pioneering attempts failed at first and crops were abandoned, sometimes to be taken up again and successfully domesticated thousands of years later: "rye, tried and abandoned in Neolithic "Anatolia, made its way to Europe as weed seeds and was successfully domesticated in Europe, thousands of years after the earliest agriculture.[32] Wild lentils presented a different problem: most of the wild seeds do not germinate in the first year; the first evidence of lentil domestication, breaking dormancy in their first year, was found in the early Neolithic at "Jerf el Ahmar (in modern Syria), and quickly spread south to the "Netiv HaGdud site in the "Jordan Valley.[32] This process of domestication allowed the founder crops to adapt and eventually become larger, more easily harvested, more dependable["clarification needed] in storage and more useful to the human population.

An "Orange slice" sickle blade element with inverse, discontinuous retouch on each side, not denticulated. Found in large quantities at Qaraoun II and often with Heavy Neolithic tools in the flint workshops of the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon. Suggested by James Mellaart to be older than the Pottery Neolithic of Byblos (around 8,400 cal. BP).

Selectively propagated "figs, wild barley and wild oats were cultivated at the early Neolithic site of "Gilgal I, where in 2006[33] archaeologists found caches of seeds of each in quantities too large to be accounted for even by "intensive gathering, at strata datable to c. 11,000 years ago. Some of the plants tried and then abandoned during the Neolithic period in the Ancient Near East, at sites like Gilgal, were later successfully domesticated in other parts of the world.

Once early farmers perfected their agricultural techniques like irrigation, their crops would "yield surpluses that needed storage. Most hunter gatherers could not easily store food for long due to their migratory lifestyle, whereas those with a sedentary dwelling could store their surplus grain. Eventually "granaries were developed that allowed villages to store their seeds longer. So with more food, the population expanded and communities developed specialized workers and more advanced tools.

The process was not as linear as was once thought, but a more complicated effort, which was undertaken by different human populations in different regions in many different ways.

In the Fertile Crescent[edit]

Clay human figurine ("Fertility goddess) Tappeh Sarab, Kermanshah ca. 7000–6100 BCE

Early agriculture is believed to have originated and become widespread in Southwest "Asia around 10,000–9,000 BP, though earlier individual sites have been identified. The "Fertile Crescent region of Southwest Asia is the centre of domestication for three cereals (einkorn wheat, emmer wheat and barley), four legumes (lentil, pea, bitter vetch and chickpea) and flax.[34] The Mediterranean climate consists of a long dry season with a short period of rain, which may have favored small plants with large seeds, like wheat and barley.["citation needed] The Fertile Crescent also had a large area of varied geographical settings and altitudes and this variety may have made agriculture more profitable for former hunter-gatherers in this region in comparison with other areas with a similar climate .["citation needed]

Finds of large quantities of seeds and a grinding stone at the "paleolithic site of "Ohalo II in the vicinity of the "Sea of Galilee, dated to around 19,400 BP has shown some of the earliest evidence for advanced planning of plant food consumption and suggests that humans at Ohalo II processed the grain before consumption.[35][36] "Tell Aswad is oldest site of agriculture with domesticated "emmer "wheat dated to 8800 "BC.[37][38] Soon after came hulled, two-row barley found domesticated earliest at "Jericho in the "Jordan valley and "Iraq ed-Dubb in "Jordan.[39] Other sites in the "Levantine corridor that show the first evidence of agriculture include Wadi Faynan 16 and "Netiv Hagdud.[5] "Jacques Cauvin noted that the settlers of Aswad did not domesticate on site, but "arrived, perhaps from the neighbouring "Anti-Lebanon, already equipped with the seed for planting".[40] The "Heavy Neolithic "Qaraoun culture has been identified at around fifty sites in Lebanon around the source springs of the "River Jordan, however the dating of the culture has never been reliably determined.[41][42]

In China[edit]

Northern China appears to have been the domestication center for "foxtail millet (Setaria italica) and "broomcorn millet (Panicum miliaceum) with evidence of domestication of these species approximately 8,000 years ago.[43] These species were subsequently widely cultivated in the Yellow River basin (7,500 years ago).[43] "Rice was domesticated in southern China later on.[43] "Soybean was domesticated in northern China 4,500 years ago.[44] "Orange and "peach also originated in China. They were cultivated around 2500 BC.[45][46]

In Europe[edit]

Szentgyörgyvölgy cow – 4500 BC
Tilling with Hungarian Grey cattle

The fertile "Carpathian Basin was the place where Europeans survived the Ice Age. The territory between the "Danube and the "Tisza rivers was a powerhouse of agricultural knowledge.["citation needed]

In Africa[edit]

Nile River Valley, Egypt

On the African continent, three areas have been identified as independently developing agriculture: the "Ethiopian highlands, the "Sahel and "West Africa.[47] By contrast, "Agriculture in the Nile River Valley is thought to have developed from the original Neolithic Revolution in the "Fertile Crescent. Many grinding stones are found with the early Egyptian "Sebilian and Mechian cultures and evidence has been found of a neolithic domesticated crop-based economy dating around 7,000 BP.[48][49] Unlike the Middle East, this evidence appears as a "false dawn" to agriculture, as the sites were later abandoned, and permanent farming then was delayed until 6,500 BP with the "Tasian and "Badarian cultures and the arrival of crops and animals from the Near East.

"Bananas and "plantains, which were first domesticated in "Southeast Asia, most likely "Papua New Guinea, were re-domesticated in Africa possibly as early as 5,000 years ago. Asian yams and "taro were also cultivated in Africa.[47]

The most famous crop domesticated in the Ethiopian highlands is "coffee. In addition, "khat, "ensete, "noog, "teff and "finger millet were also domesticated in the Ethiopian highlands. Crops domesticated in the Sahel region include "sorghum and "pearl millet. The "kola nut was first domesticated in West Africa. Other crops domesticated in West Africa include "African rice, "yams and the "oil palm.[47]

Agriculture spread to Central and Southern Africa in the "Bantu expansion during the 1st millennium BC to 1st millennium AD.

In the Americas[edit]

"Maize (corn), "beans and "squash were among the earliest crops domesticated in "Mesoamerica, with maize beginning about 4000 BC,[50] squash as early as 6000 BC, and beans by no later than 4000 BC. "Potatoes and "manioc were domesticated in "South America. In what is now the eastern United States, Native Americans domesticated "sunflower, "sumpweed and "goosefoot around 2500 BC. Sedentary village life based on farming did not develop until the second millennium BC, referred to as the formative period.[51]

In New Guinea[edit]

Evidence of drainage ditches at "Kuk Swamp on the borders of the "Western and "Southern Highlands of "Papua New Guinea shows evidence of the cultivation of "taro and a variety of other crops, dating back to 11,000 BP. Two potentially significant economic species, taro ("Colocasia esculenta) and "yam ("Dioscorea sp.), have been identified dating at least to 10,200 calibrated years before present (cal BP). Further evidence of "bananas and "sugarcane dates to 6,950 to 6,440 BP. This was at the altitudinal limits of these crops, and it has been suggested that cultivation in more favourable ranges in the lowlands may have been even earlier. "CSIRO has found evidence that taro was introduced into the "Solomon Islands for human use, from 28,000 years ago, making taro cultivation the earliest crop in the world.[52][53] It seems to have resulted in the spread of the "Trans–New Guinea languages from New Guinea east into the Solomon Islands and west into "Timor and adjacent areas of "Indonesia. This seems to confirm the theories of "Carl Sauer who, in "Agricultural Origins and Dispersals", suggested as early as 1952 that this region was a centre of early agriculture.

Domestication of animals[edit]

When hunter-gathering began to be replaced by sedentary food production it became more profitable to keep animals close at hand.["citation needed] Therefore, it became necessary to bring animals permanently to their settlements, although in many cases there was a distinction between relatively sedentary farmers and nomadic herders.[54]["original research?] The animals' size, temperament, diet, mating patterns, and life span were factors in the desire and success in domesticating animals. Animals that provided milk, such as cows and goats, offered a source of protein that was renewable and therefore quite valuable. The animal’s ability as a worker (for example ploughing or towing), as well as a food source, also had to be taken into account. Besides being a direct source of food, certain animals could provide leather, wool, hides, and fertilizer. Some of the earliest domesticated animals included dogs ("East Asia, about 15,000 years ago),[55] sheep, goats, cows, and pigs.

Domestication of animals in the Middle East[edit]

Dromedary caravan in Algeria

The Middle East served as the source for many animals that could be domesticated, such as sheep, goats and pigs. This area was also the first region to "domesticate the "dromedary. "Henri Fleisch discovered and termed the "Shepherd Neolithic "flint industry from the "Bekaa Valley in "Lebanon and suggested that it could have been used by the earliest "nomadic "shepherds. He dated this industry to the "Epipaleolithic or "Pre-Pottery Neolithic as it is evidently not "Paleolithic, "Mesolithic or even "Pottery "Neolithic.[42][56] The presence of these animals gave the region a large advantage in cultural and economic development. As the climate in the Middle East changed and became drier, many of the farmers were forced to leave, taking their domesticated animals with them. It was this massive emigration from the Middle East that would later help distribute these animals to the rest of "Afroeurasia. This emigration was mainly on an east-west axis of similar climates, as crops usually have a narrow optimal climatic range outside of which they cannot grow for reasons of light or rain changes. For instance, wheat does not normally grow in tropical climates, just like tropical crops such as bananas do not grow in colder climates. Some authors, like "Jared Diamond, have postulated that this East-West axis is the main reason why plant and animal domestication spread so quickly from the "Fertile Crescent to the rest of Eurasia and North Africa, while it did not reach through the North-South axis of "Africa to reach the Mediterranean climates of "South Africa, where temperate crops were successfully imported by ships in the last 500 years.[57] Similarly, the African "Zebu of central Africa and the domesticated bovines of the fertile-crescent — separated by the dry sahara desert — were not introduced into each other's region.


Social change[edit]

World population (estimated) did not rise for a few millennia after the Neolithic revolution.

Despite the significant technological advance, the Neolithic revolution did not lead immediately to a rapid growth of population. Its benefits appear to have been offset by various adverse effects, mostly diseases and warfare.[58]

The introduction of agriculture has not necessarily led to unequivocal progress. The nutritional standards of the growing Neolithic populations were generally inferior to that of hunter-gatherers, and that their life expectancy may well have been shorter too, in part due to diseases and harder work. Hunter-gatherers must have covered their food needs with about 20 hours work a week, while agriculture required much more and was at least as uncertain. The hunter-gatherers' diet was more varied and balanced than what agriculture later allowed. Average height went down from 5'10" (178 cm) for men and 5'6" (168 cm) for women to 5'5" (165 cm) and 5'1" (155 cm), respectively, and it took until the twentieth century for average human height to come back to the pre-Neolithic Revolution levels.[59] Agriculturalists had more anaemias and vitamin deficiencies, more spinal deformations and more dental pathologies.[60]

The traditional view is that agricultural food production supported a denser population, which in turn supported larger sedentary communities, the accumulation of goods and tools, and specialization in diverse forms of new labor. The development of larger societies led to the development of different means of decision making and to governmental organization. Food surpluses made possible the development of a social elite who were not otherwise engaged in agriculture, industry or commerce, but dominated their communities by other means and monopolized decision-making.[61] "Jared Diamond (in "The World Until Yesterday) identifies the availability of milk and cereal grains as permitting mothers to raise both an older (e.g. 3 or 4 year old) and a younger child concurrently. The result is that a population can increase more rapidly. Diamond points out that agriculture brought about deep social divisions and encouraged "inequality between the sexes.[62]

Subsequent revolutions[edit]

Domesticated cow being milked in "Ancient Egypt

"Andrew Sherratt has argued that following upon the Neolithic Revolution was a second phase of discovery that he refers to as the "secondary products revolution. Animals, it appears, were first domesticated purely as a source of meat.[63] The Secondary Products Revolution occurred when it was recognised that animals also provided a number of other useful products. These included:

Sherratt argued that this phase in agricultural development enabled humans to make use of the energy possibilities of their animals in new ways, and permitted permanent intensive subsistence farming and crop production, and the opening up of heavier soils for farming. It also made possible "nomadic pastoralism in semi arid areas, along the margins of deserts, and eventually led to the domestication of both the "dromedary and "Bactrian camel.[63] Overgrazing of these areas, particularly by herds of goats, greatly extended the areal extent of deserts.

Living in one spot would have more easily permitted the accrual of personal possessions and an attachment to certain areas of land. From such a position, it is argued["by whom?], prehistoric people were able to stockpile food to survive lean times and trade unwanted surpluses with others. Once "trade and a secure food supply were established, populations could grow, and society would have diversified into food producers and artisans, who could afford to develop their trade by virtue of the free time they enjoyed because of a surplus of food. The artisans, in turn, were able to develop technology such as metal weapons. Such relative complexity would have required some form of social organisation to work efficiently, so it is likely that populations that had such organisation, perhaps such as that provided by religion, were better prepared and more successful. In addition, the denser populations could form and support legions of professional soldiers. Also, during this time property ownership became increasingly important to all people. Ultimately, Childe argued that this growing social complexity, all rooted in the original decision to settle, led to a second "Urban Revolution in which the first cities were built.["citation needed]


Throughout the development of sedentary societies, disease spread more rapidly than it had during the time in which hunter-gatherer societies existed. Inadequate sanitary practices and the domestication of animals may explain the rise in deaths and sickness following the Neolithic Revolution, as diseases jumped from the animal to the human population. Some examples of "infectious diseases spread from animals to humans are "influenza, "smallpox, and "measles.[64] In concordance with a process of "natural selection, the humans who first domesticated the big "mammals quickly built up immunities to the diseases as within each generation the individuals with better immunities had better chances of survival. In their approximately 10,000 years of shared proximity with animals, such as cows, Eurasians and Africans became more resistant to those diseases compared with the indigenous populations encountered outside "Eurasia and "Africa.[65] For instance, the population of most "Caribbean and several "Pacific Islands have been completely wiped out by diseases. 90% or more of many populations of the Americas were "wiped out by European and African diseases before recorded contact with European explorers or colonists. Some cultures like the "Inca Empire did have a large domestic mammal, the "llama, but llama milk was not drunk, nor did llamas live in a closed space with humans, so the risk of contagion was limited. According to bioarchaeological research, the effects of agriculture on physical and dental health in Southeast Asian rice farming societies from 4000 to 1500 B.P. was not detrimental to the same extent as in other world regions.[66]


In his book "Guns, Germs, and Steel, "Jared Diamond argues that Europeans and East Asians benefited from an advantageous geographical location that afforded them a head start in the Neolithic Revolution. Both shared the temperate climate ideal for the first agricultural settings, both were near a number of easily "domesticable plant and animal species, and both were safer from attacks of other people than civilizations in the middle part of the Eurasian continent. Being among the first to adopt agriculture and sedentary lifestyles, and neighboring other early agricultural societies with whom they could compete and trade, both Europeans and East Asians were also among the first to benefit from technologies such as "firearms and steel "swords.[67]


The dispersal of Neolithic culture from the Middle East has recently been associated with the distribution of human genetic markers. In Europe, the spread of the Neolithic culture has been associated with distribution of the "E1b1b lineages and "Haplogroup J that are thought to have arrived in Europe from North Africa and the Near East respectively.[68][69] In Africa, the spread of farming, and notably the "Bantu expansion, is associated with the dispersal of Y-chromosome haplogroup "E1b1a from West Africa.[68]

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