The Agricultural Revoltion.

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Early Effects of the Agricultural Revolution.

During the beginning stages of domestication humans had just begun to understand the process of cultivating plants and the domestication of animals. During this "Agricultural Revolution" the roaming lifestyles of Paleolithic hunters and gatherers became obsolete. Managing Crops forced humans to settle in areas where they could produce more from the land.

Staying in one area for long periods of time allowed people to accumulate personal possessions. Since societies were no longer migrating, early farmers did not need to worry about have to move all of these possessions with them. Permanent housing structures were being made, adding further testimony to the future absence of resettlement.

Tolls were soon developed to make farm labor easier and faster for early farmers. Gender role changed dramatically from how they had been in hunter-gatherer society. Before the Agricultural revolution, work tasks had been evenly distributed between men and women.

With the start of more difficult labor such as farming and domesticating animal, the roles of men in these agricultural societies started to overshadow the roles of females.

Life during the stage of Diversification in my opinion was a natural evolution from what the stage of domestication had started. In this new stage humans developed irrigation and food storage capabilities. Animal power was used to operate new, more advanced farming tools. Farmers learned how to use the land they cultivated more efficiently.

These new technologies and techniques created an abundance of crops and the ability to store them made surpluses. Having surplus food meant that people could begin establishing trades that were not agricultural and not have to worry about starvation. People with these non-agricultural specialties started living in towns away from agricultural villages. Examples of some of the first specialties were police forces, government officials,