First Civilizations - Ancient Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt (Second Edition) - Robert Chadwick

First Civilizations - Ancient Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt (Second Edition) - Robert Chadwick

2 Agriculture and the origins of civilization

First Civilizations - Ancient Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt (Second Edition) - Robert Chadwick

Robert Chadwick [+-]
Bishop's University
Robert Chadwick is the co-director of the Wadi ath-Thamad Project and currently teaches in the Religion Department at Bishops University, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

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This chapter explores first what agriculture is and goes on to explore how it became the first great technology to affect the development of human civilization as we know it today. The chapter looks at various theories regarding the origins of agriculture and looks at various outcomes presumed to be related to this: the origins of urban populations/cities and the development of writing systems. Topics discussed: -origins of agriculture - the development of writing (pictographs and cuneiform, writing in Egypt, the development and spread of the alphabet) - the continuing development of cities, the temple and formation of early cities) - natural resources - increased human contact - innovations in leadership

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Chadwick, Robert . 2 Agriculture and the origins of civilization. First Civilizations - Ancient Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt (Second Edition). Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 20-35 Jan 2005. ISBN 9781904768784. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=18654. Date accessed: 30 Nov 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.18654. Jan 2005

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