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Neolithic Man: The First Lumberjack?
Terra Daily ^ | Wednesday, August 15, 2012 | Staff Writers

Posted on 08/27/2012 3:38:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

The use of functional tools in relation to woodworking over the course of the Neolithic period has not been studied in detail until now. Through their work at the archaeological site of Motza, a neighbourhood in the Judean Hills, Dr. Barkai and his fellow researchers, Prof. Rick Yerkes of Ohio State University and Dr. Hamudi Khalaily of the Israel Antiquity Authority, have unearthed evidence that increasing sophistication in terms of carpentry tools corresponds with increased agriculture and permanent settlements.

The early part of the Neolithic age is divided into two distinct eras - Pre-Pottery Neolithic A (PPNA) and Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (PPNB). Agriculture and domesticated plants and animals appear only in PPNB, so the transition between these two periods is a watershed moment in human history. And these changes can be tracked in the woodworking tools which belong to each period, says Dr. Barkai.

Within PPNA, humans remained gatherers but lived in more permanent settlements for the first time, he says. Axes associated with this period are small and delicate, used for light carpentry but not suited for felling trees or other massive woodworking tasks. In PPNB, the tools have evolved to much larger and heavier axes, formed by a technique called polishing. The researchers' in-depth analysis of these tools shows that they were used to cut down trees and complete various building projects...

Whether the transition to an agricultural society led to the development of major carpentry tools or vice versa remains to be determined... Not only did people begin to live in permanent villages, but the buildings in which they lived literally took a different shape. The round and oval structures of earlier domiciles were replaced by rectangular structures in PPNB, explains Dr. Barkai.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; israel; lumberjacks; neolithic
A polished axe from the PPNB period.

Neolithic Man: The First Lumberjack?

1 posted on 08/27/2012 3:38:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

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2 posted on 08/27/2012 3:40:01 PM PDT by Perdogg (Mutts for Mitt all agree - Better in the crate than on the plate)
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Outdoor BBQ: A 700,000-year-old Ritual
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3 posted on 08/27/2012 3:41:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Renfield. Monty Python ping.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


4 posted on 08/27/2012 3:41:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Perdogg

;’)


5 posted on 08/27/2012 3:42:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I wish I could Photoshop prehistoric man with a red flannel plaid shirt...


6 posted on 08/27/2012 3:46:05 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 97+% of the black vote)
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To: SunkenCiv

7 posted on 08/27/2012 3:46:26 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Cvengr
...and he's OK
He sleeps all night and he works all day.
8 posted on 08/27/2012 3:47:49 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: SunkenCiv
Man is instictively creative...There must be a better way....

from rocks to an automatic washing machine...wow...wow...wow

9 posted on 08/27/2012 3:49:49 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau
and to think the Mayans couldn't invent the wheel,....why didn't they just slap a couple of calendars on their carts?


10 posted on 08/27/2012 4:08:24 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Cvengr

Holy carp! You’re telling me I canceled the magazine subscriptions too early?!??


11 posted on 08/27/2012 4:22:15 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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