sorry for late answer but I'm travelling abroad and have just bit of free time for myself.
Pls be so kind to consider and see this post as a quick and a bit short eagle view about Central Asia, as a
mere indication, forgiving me the may be not so clear and alternate jumping to one question
to another, and also by some not accurate mixing of events.
I'm a bit tired this evening but I would like to better draw your attention on this important area: Central Asia
which has been remained unknow to "Western" Culture for centuries.......
What do you think about the Jeitun?
It is a "little part" which brought some light and attention and I hope further concrete actions
to understand. IMHO, the important role played by Central Asia in the evolution of neighboring
civilization which in turn expanded, during millennia to North - North West - South - Sout West - and East.
The heart of all should be placed at first, of course IMHO, on the BMAC (as I said always and many
times discussing the question of Central Asia): Bactria–Margiana Archaeological Complex.
Here link to wiki, just to start (I guess you already has but posted for quick consultation):
from which this first preliminar chapter:
There is archaeological evidence of settlement in the well-watered northern foothills of the Kopet Dag during
the Neolithic period. This region is dotted with the multi-period hallmarks characteristic of the ancient
Near East, similar to those southwest of the Kopet Dag in the Gorgan Plain in Iran. At Jeitun (or
Djeitun), mud brick houses were first occupied c. 6000 BC. The inhabitants were farmers who kept herds of
goats and sheep and grew wheat and barley, with origins in southwest Asia. Jeitun has given its name to
the whole Neolithic period in the northern foothills of the Kopet Dag. At the late Neolithic site of Chagylly
Depe, farmers increasingly grew the kinds of crops that are typically associated with irrigation in an arid
environment, such as hexaploid bread wheat, which became predominant during the Chalcolithic period.
May be you remember that I pointed toward BMAC about the question of Aratta...
ABout the origin of Agriculture in Western Central Asia, which you posted the link, I can say that it its correct
and also can be understood with with logical thinking considerning the geo-climatic situation and condition
in such area:
For that we have to keep clear in evidence the ALtai Flood and Siberiam Dam, which swepped up all the
Central Asia area and left behind, after few millennia, the huge "Lake" formed by what we nowaday call
Caspian Sea and Aral Sea (the last one pratically almost dried off while Caspian is loosing water cause
the evaporation, according recent resesearches about)
So it is logic that populaion living close to such lakes in an huge areas all around them and the area
bordering the rivers which alimented such lakes, has all the condition to settle up and start breed livestock
and deal with seed and plant which could be "addomesticated" having a lot of water at disposal, along with
and ideal comfortable climate.
Last but not least boating was well developped for them: just as mere example consider the Gobustan (Azerbaijan) Rocks painting (here un example):
which inspired the reeds boat builded by Thor Eyerdal.
Wiki link, as Always just to start: [en.wikipedia.org].
Resuming the whole question can be pondered seeing breefly here:
"Eurasian Ice Sheet - abt 12.500 BC"
taken from [maxworldhistory.weebly.com]
Aral Sea - Wiki : [en.wikipedia.org]
Caspian Sea - Wiki: [en.wikipedia.org]
Just other bit of bread for the mind....
Nice and bright day Lee
You can not solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that you used to create it.