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After the Ice Age: Food and Sex (9000 - 3500 BC)

Neil MacGregor's story takes him to the end of the Ice Age, as the first farmers created objects to consume new foods, venerate new gods and even take a new look at sex

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  • After the Ice Age: Food and Sex (9000 - 3500 BC)

    The development of farming occurred independently in at least seven different parts of the world at the end of the last Ice Age around 10,000 years ago. This slow revolution took many centuries and had profound implications on how humans lived. Tending crops and domesticating animals meant that humans had to settle in one place for the first time. Farming also created a food surplus that allowed larger groups of people to live together. This led to the formation of the first villages. Farming not only changed how people lived but how they thought. New gods were created to explain animal behaviour, fertility and the seasonal cycles of crops.

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