Was the Development of Agriculture Good for Humans?
Was the Development of Agriculture Good for Humans?
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   The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel by James Fallows (The Atlantic, November 2013)


Supporting Question 1- How did environmental changes and new technologies affect the development of agriculture?

     Web Resources
     
Image 2 : Used with permission. http://3dhistory.co.uk/timeline-british/00-pre-history.php

     Additional Resources
      The Genographic Project, The Development of Agriculture (National Geographic)
 

Supporting Question 2- How did the development of agriculture in Mesopotamia lead to the development of writing?

    
Web Resources
     
Sumerian Counting Tokens  Image
     Chart showing symbols in the Sumerian numeric system  Image
     Administrative account of barley distribution, Jamba Nasr, Uruk III style. 3100–2900 BCE  Image
    
    Additional Resources
    The Development of Writing (British Museum, Mesopotamia website)

 

Supporting Question 3-What were the consequences of agriculture for humans?
    
     Web Resources
    
Created for the New York K-12 Social Studies Toolkit by Agate Publishing, Inc., 2015.Adapted from Razib Khan, “Grain, Disease, and Innovation,” Discover magazine website, June 18, 2011 Image

    Additional Resources
     Jared Diamond, “The Lethal Gift of Livestock,” chapter 11, in Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 1997
    The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race by Jared Diamond (Discover Magazine,May    1, 1999)
    Is Farming the Root of All Evil? by Sanjida O’Connell (The Telegraph, June 23, 2009)