By John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler
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The wall paintings and clay statuettes of Paleolithic peoples represent the ear liest yearnings of human beings to control their environment. has argued from available evidence that agriculture evolved slowly over a long length of time. Striking support for Harlan's view came in 1981 from an American archeologieal expedition to the Nile Valley in Egypt. Investigators found that for barley in the silt left by the flooding of the Nile. These people, however, never shifted to a life of set tled farming.
The)' were responsible for many fundamental inventions and innovations that the modern world takes for granted. First, obviously, is systematic agriculture—that is, the reliance of Neo lithic peoples on agriculture as their primary, not merely subsidiary, source of food. Thus they devel oped the primary economic activity of the entire ancient world and the basis of all modern life. With the settled routine of Neolithic farmers went the evolution of towns and eventually cities. Neolithic farmers usually raised more food than they could THE NEOLITHIC AGE consume, and their surpluses permitted larger, healthier populations.
C. scribal schools flourished throughout Sumer. Most students came from wealthy families and were male. Each school had a master, teachers, and monitors. Discipline was strict, and students were THE SPREAD OF MESOrOTAMIAN CULTURE 17 caned for sloppy work and misbehavior. , said: "There is something missing," caned me. The fellow in charge of silence said: "Why did you talk without permission," caned me. 3 The Sumcrian system of schooling ser the educa tional standards for Mesopotamian culture, and the Akkadians and Babylonians adopted its prac tices and techniques.
A History of Western Society: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment by John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler