> Agreed. But after a
> cataclysmic event, it might
> be seen by the natives as a gift from "The Gods."
Very possible. The 8 "founder" grain crops seem to appear simultaneously in the Levant in the 10th millennium.
It was not until after 9500 bc that the eight so-called founder crops of agriculture appear: first emmer and einkorn wheat, then hulled barley, peas, lentils, bitter vetch, chick peas and flax. These eight crops occur more or less simultaneously on Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (PPNB) sites in the Levant, although the consensus is that wheat was the first to be grown and harvested on a significant scale.
On Cyprus the oldest agricultural settlement ever found on a Mediterranean island has been discovered in Klimonas. Between 9100 and 8600 bc organized communities were farming and built half-buried mud brick communal buildings 10 meters in diameter surrounded by dwellings that were likely also used to store the village's harvests. Remains of carbonized seeds of local plants and grains introduced from the Levantine coasts (including emmer, one of the first Middle Eastern wheats) have also been found at Klimonas.
Traces are starting to be found, like at Ohallo II in the Levant. Just like agriculture could not have sprung up overnight in the Levant, neither could the stone work of Gobekli Tepe which is but one of several sites from this "civilization" suggesting an even earlier origin. Interesting that Gobekli Tepe appears in around 9500BC, most sophisticated from its beginnings, and at the same time the so-called "founder crops" show up in the nearby Levant.
Agriculture is the foundation of civilization so the "seed bag" may be an iconographic representation of this knowledge of power. If what we are seeing are seed bags then obviously the Gobekli Tepe were farmers not hunters and gatherers. Which makes perfect sense to me as I fail to see how such a vast culture could have sustained itself without it. "Hunting and gathering" isn't enough.
> You may be correct, but by
> that time much more was understood.
But it was venerated in Mesopotamia and elsewhere at the same time until the end of Dynastic Egypt. The AE apparently had a much different ideological view of it.
> I have often wondered what
> caused such a paradigm shift from
> Hunter-Gathering to Agriculture/Animal Husbandry.
> It may well be that after a world wide
> catastrophe, the
> remnants of a previously great civilization may
> have presented to
> those who survived elsewhere a greater way to
> provide for family and society.
I think it is a perceived shift based on an incomplete archaeological record.
> Here is another link, from
> the same author, Cliff Richey,
> who offers a way to read ancient iconography.
> All the best, my friend,
> and keep up the great posts.
Thanks a lot Brian. Same to you.