University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

5-10-2011

Publication Source

Paléorient

Volume

37

Issue

1

Start Page

67

Last Page

74

DOI

10.3406/paleo.2011.5438

Abstract

In Naissance des divinités, Naissance de l’agriculture, Jacques Cauvin proposes that agriculture could not have begun without a prior sudden mental transformation, and that the Near East case is exceptional. His emphasis on the primacy of ideas leads him to devalue the influence that foragers have on their environment, and to erroneously assume that agriculture represented a “control” over nature that was qualitatively new. It is clear that ancient people had a deep understanding of their physical, biotic, and sociocultural environments, and societies that succeeded worked within the constraints imposed by all those domains.

Copyright/Permission Statement

© CNRS ÉDITIONS 2011

Keywords

Jacques Cauvin, Neolithic, PPNA, PPNB, Agriculture, Cultivation, Domestication

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Date Posted: 10 November 2016

This document has been peer reviewed.