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6 Bird-shaped PestleBrowse all British Museum objects
7 Ain Sakhri Lovers Figurine
8 Egyptian Clay Model of Cattle
9 Maya Maize God Statue
10 Jomon Pot
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.