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THE ORIGINS OF AGRICULTURE

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The Origins of Agriculture

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The Origins of Agriculture in the Near East

Begin this Assignment by reading The Natufian Culture in the Levant, by clicking on the link below.  Then complete this assignment by answering the questions that follow.

To read the article, click this link:
http://www.columbia.edu/itc/anthropology/v1007/baryo.pdf
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In this module we are learning about the origins of agriculture and the various theories that archaeologists have come up with to explain this transition.  The six main theories that we have focused on include these:
The Oasis Theory
The Hilly Flanks Theory
Theories of Population Pressure
The Optimal Foraging Theory
The Theory of Coevolution
The Social Theory

Please complete the assignment by answering these questions:
Which theory do you think is best for explaining the origins of agriculture in the Near East?  Identify specific lines of evidence described in your textbook or in the article that can be used to support or this theory as an explanation for the rise of agriculture in the Near East.
In your response post, please use lines of evidence or reasoning from the textbook or from your own thoughts to refute one of the theories described by another student in their answer post.

The Discussion Postings are graded in this class.  Your original entry must be at least 150 words long and your comment to anther classmate will be at least 100 words.

 

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