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Prehistory

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Transcript of Prehistory

"Prehistory" versus "History"
Early Humans
Paleolithic versus Neolithic Life
Cool Archeological Stuff from the Neolithic Period
Prehistory
So how do we study people who didn't write anything down?
Archeology
Anthropology
Korowai Tribe New Guinea
Scientists believe that the first humans originated in -
a. Europe
b. East Asia
c. Africa
d. Multiple places
What do you think about....
1. The possibility of plants and animals changing over time?
2. The possibility of humans changing over time?
3. The idea of humans evolving from other species of primates?
Homo Habilis
Homo Sapiens Neanderthalis
Lucy - a 3.2 Million Year-Old Hominid
Ardi - 4.4 Million Years Old
Paleolithic Life
Neolithic Life
The Division of Labor
Domestication
Special Topic: Paleolithic Art
The Venus of Willendorf
Domestication of Animals
Man's Best Friend
Invention of Breeds
Other Domesticates
Huxley!
Domesticating Plants
Even better than berries...
Where did corn come from?
Pastoralism vs. Farming
Special Topic: Neolithic Building Site - Stonehenge

Neolithic towns in the Levant

Jericho, West Bank (Palestine), 8000 BCE

Aleppo, Syria, 5,000 BCE

Catal Huyuk – Turkey (7,200 BCE)

“Great Mother” Statue from Catal Huyuk

Catal Huyuk’s Clay Balls

Unit 1
Otzi – The Iceman

What can archeologists and historians learn about Neolithic life from Otzi?

John Green – Crash Course #1: The Agricultural Revolution

<--- That is Avebury, btw! Not Stonehenge!
Homework for Monday:
Create a chart in your notebook that lists similarities between the San and the Chumash in one column, and differences between the San and the Chumash in a second column.

Homework for Friday:
1. Declare your first book choice on Blackboard
2. Complete an essay outline to answer the following: Compare and contrast the Paleolithic societies of the San from South Africa and the Chumash of Southern California. How were they similar? How were they different?

For Thursday:
Compare and contrast the social and religious characteristics of Mesopotamia and Egypt in the period ca. 3200 BCE to 500 BCE.
Analyze and describe the most important changes for human societies that resulted from the Neolithic Revolution, ca. 10,000 to 3,000 BCE. Also, describe the most important continuities that remained despite the Neolithic Revolution.
Agree or Disagree?

"As our ancient ancestors domesticated plants and animals and chose a sedentary life, an unintended consequence appears to be that we tamed ourselves at the same time."

-Anne Gibbons, Paleobiologist
Agree or Disagree?

"Agriculture was the worst mistake in the history of the human race...Besides malnutrition, starvation, and epidemic diseases, farming helped bring another curse upon humanity: with agriculture came gross social, political and sexual inequality. The new elite were better off, but most people were worse off. Women came to be treated as either property or as beasts of burden. ..By choosing agriculture our ancestors ended up with tyranny, war, and starvation."

- Jared Diamond, Biologist and Historian
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