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Chapter 1 Part 2: Impact of Agriculture

The Impact of Agriculture

“There was suppose to be a working link here but the professor doesn’t know how to work the tools I guess.” –

Take a look at the information provided on social development during the Neolithic Revolution by clicking on this link. The information you’ll find there is a good, concise overview of the role of agriculture in the development of civilization. Note the link between the changes brought by agriculture and the emergence of human communities and cultures.

The Assignment

Your text presents images of artwork dating back to the Paleolithic and Neolithic eras. From the Paleolithic Age we find cave art, such as the gorgeous paintings at Lascaux and Chauvet:

Lascaux Cave Painting Lascaux painting dates back 17,000 years and depicts horses, deer and aurochs.

Facing Horse of Chauvet

Chauvet Caves painting of Facing Horses, dating back 30,000 years or more.

Paleolithic humans also carved art figures, such as the Venus of Willendorf, carved 22,000 BCE or earlier:

Venus of Willendorf

During the Neolithic Age, art undertook an innovative turn. For example, sculpture became more detailed, as in this fragment from a Mesopotamian bowl featuring bulls carved in relief:


The painting, below, from Australia’s Bradshaw Rock Paintings, depict human beings wearing ornate costumes.


Here is the topic to be addressed in essay form and posted in this discussion forum:

Often social change is reflected in a civilization’s art. In the prehistoric age, we have to look for clues in material items, because these are not literate societies. In Part 1, you looked at changes brought about by the agricultural revolution. Using that evidence, draft a 300-400 word post describing change you see in prehistoric societies and how those changes are reflected in art.

You are also required to reply to another student’s post, in 150-250 words. Again, in both posts I want you to keep it straightforward. I’m looking for a genuine exchange of ideas here, and that you understand how to use evidence to support your point of view. Make sure your response to another student is substantive; don’t just give a review or a “good job” commentary.


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