Outline of why the Neolithic Revolution should be the Nelithic Transition

Essay by FigglesJunior High, 9th gradeA+, November 2014

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The argument can be made that nr should be N.T INSTEAD. To fully consider point, one must first realize the difference between a transition and revolution. A transition is a passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another, while a revolution is a sudden, extreme, or complete change in the way people live, work, etc. Note that a transition is usually over a long period of time. Most factors of the n.r fall better under the category of a transition rather than a revolution.

One example is g.t. this temple was built ~ 12000 years ago. This temple's size showed a need for a number of people that exceeded 2000. This means that there must have been a way for people to communicate with each other over extended distances. This temple disproves theories that the revolution was simply one event; a flash of genius that happened in merely one place by one group of people.

The stones required to make this temple weighed in at over 16 tons, and they had to be carried for hundreds of feet without the aid of the wheel, or cattle. Some say that there was no way to sustain this mass amount of people without agriculture. Before this temple, we thought that agriculture gave rise to organized religion, because it would free up the thought of focusing on day to day life. However, this temple shows us the opposite; organized religion gave rise to agriculture.

After this, there was agriculture. Agriculture allowed for the creation of many new concepts due to the fact that it removed the struggle of people focusing on just staying alive. Because people knew that they had a surplus of food, they were able to stop worrying about that and develop new, unheard of ideas; mainly permanent settlement.