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The rise of civilization depended on carpenters?

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Okay, okay, but listen.

From “Neolithic Man: The First Lumberjack?” (Science Daily), we learn,

During the Neolithic Age (approximately 10000-6000 BCE), early man evolved from hunter-gatherer to farmer and agriculturalist, living in larger, permanent settlements with a variety of domesticated animals and plant life. This transition brought about significant changes in terms of the economy, architecture, man’s relationship to the environment, and more.

Now Dr. Ran Barkai of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations has shed new light on this milestone in human evolution, demonstrating a direct connection between the development of an agricultural society and the development of woodworking tools.

This will be no surprise to anyone who has tried to find a competent carpenter.

Joe: I gather, it USED to be 2 x 4. Ever tried working out the framing for a roof or a staircase? Besides, we all know that The Big Man Himself is a Carpenter. KF kairosfocus
Yeah it takes a competent carpenter to understand that a 2x4 is actually 1.5 x 3.5... Joe

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