The Discovery of Agriculture

How Change Happens: A theory of Philosophy of History, Social Change and Cultural Evolution, Best Publications Limited, February 2013

8 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2016 Last revised: 13 Nov 2016

Date Written: October 21, 2016

Abstract

This paper was written to question the widespread belief among anthropologists that pre historic hunter gatherers knew about agriculture long before agriculture began to be practiced. The paper suggests gradually accumulating human knowledge led to the development of agriculture rather than population pressure, favourable mutations or convenient climate, all of which would have occurred at various times long before agriculture was developed without leading to the discovery of agriculture.

Keywords: Hunter Gatherers, Domestication of Plants, Cultural Evolution, Pre Historic Hunter Gatherers, Proto Agriculture, Neolithic Revolution, Early Agriculture

Suggested Citation

Forrester, Rochelle, The Discovery of Agriculture (October 21, 2016). How Change Happens: A theory of Philosophy of History, Social Change and Cultural Evolution, Best Publications Limited, February 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2856834 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2856834

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