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To: SunkenCiv
Wherever they went, the farmers brought their habits: not just sowing, reaping and threshing, but baking, fermenting, owning, hoarding.

I'm really sick of this baloney idea that hunter-gatherers didn't own anything or hoard and lived ideal lives of freedom, leisure, and fun. Agriculture didn't suddenly change human nature or wreck a good thing. And until people grasp the violent, unpredictable, and often short lives that people had as hunter-gatherers, they are never going to understand why the desire to embrace agriculture and civilization was so strong. See Lawrence Keeley's War Before Civilization for details on how anthropologists and archaeologists ignore clear evidence of widespread violence and homicide because they so badly want to believe their myth of the peaceful savage.

44 posted on 12/28/2005 10:15:41 AM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: Question_Assumptions; blam

:') Don't hold back, tell my how you really feel. ;')

Myth of the Hunter-Gatherer
Volume 52 Number 5, September/October 1999
by Kenneth M. Ames
http://www.he.net/~archaeol/9909/abstracts/hunter.html

"On September 19, 1997, the New York Times announced the discovery of a group of earthen mounds in northeastern Louisiana. The site, known as Watson Brake, includes 11 mounds 26 feet high linked by low ridges into an oval 916 feet long. What is remarkable about this massive complex is that it was built around 3400 B.C., more than 3,000 years before the development of farming communities in eastern North America, by hunter-gatherers, at least partly mobile, who visited the site each spring and summer to fish, hunt, and collect freshwater mussels."


45 posted on 12/28/2005 10:28:29 AM PST by SunkenCiv ("In silence, and at night, the Conscience feels that life should soar to nobler ends than Power.")
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