Animal Intensification at Neolithic Gritille

  • Belinda H. Monahan
Part of the Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation book series (STHE, volume 3)


The development of agriculture in the Near East was the result of innovative methods of plant and animal husbandry. The adoption of these new methods led to the domestication of plants and animals, that is to say the development of plants and animals that are dependent on humans for survival and reproduction. While these innovative methods of utilization were adopted deliberately, not all of the consequences of these changes could be foreseen; the domestication of plants and animals affected productivity in surprising ways and entailed a reorganization of subsistence activities. This reorganization had wide-spread ramifications in the social organization of these early farmers; it is this entire suite of changes that is presently understood as the Neolithic Revolution.


Agricultural Intensification Basal Phase Faunal Remains Subsistence Strategy Phase Standard Deviation 
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  • Belinda H. Monahan
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyNorthwestern UniversityEvanston

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