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Old 05-29-2017, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by MichaelEmouse View Post
Would semi-nomadic herding have preceded sedentary farming?

It's not a continuous curve going ever upwards towards "sedentary agriculture". It varies from place to place, culture to culture and environment to environment - it's not like sedentary peasants are somehow "more advanced" than their nomadic counterparts.
And you can be a semi-nomadic agriculturalist, too - Great Plains Indians were just that. In the warm months the villages would follow the bison herds, hunt 'em, eat 'em, make every single thing out of them and so on ; then when winter came they went back to the fields of maize and squash they'd planted before heading out and harvest them. They'd also dig silos to store whatever reserves they couldn't take on the hunt.

Do we know if the first grain reserves were built to feed mainly humans or their livestock?
Not really. A silo's a silo, you know ? It's not like they left a paper trail to account for usage . That said, in Mesopotamia at least grain was stored in giant granaries slash temple at the heart of the cities, so one'd assume that was for people. Animals get the hay and straw anyway, don't they ?