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Re: Found While Farming Thru The Years

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01-25-2013 15:44:19

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Most of the world's peoples had entered the Bronze Age by about 5000 years ago and the Iron Age about 3000 years ago. But not in the Americas.
The natives here were still a Neolithic (Stone Age) culture when the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock.
I've always been curious.

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01-25-2013 21:35:25

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 Re: Found While Farming Thru The Years in reply to Ultradog MN, 01-25-2013 15:44:19  
Very interesting question, UDog, and I'd bet no one has the exact answer. I've wondered many times how the first humans made those first steps toward the development of "technology", primitive though they might have been. Even an individual's imagination had no existing frame of reference. Nothing seemed possible because nothing had been done.

Think of all the simple devices and processes that we take for granted, e.g., a hammer and a nail. A sharp cutting edge. A length of rope. Even the fabric in our clothes.

When fire was recognized as a "tool", firewood was limited to the dead wood already on the ground. There was no way to cut a new supply. Metal, if found in a raw form, had to be used in that raw form because of no way to melt it, nothing to melt it in. Even cooking was limited to holding something over a fire with a stick. How you gonna boil water to make a stew?

I don't know if I'm making any sense here, but back to your original question, why not here? The answer may be that the native Americans simply never stumbled into those first revolutionary processes that opened the way for successive developments. In those parts of the world where those developments did happen, it may have been the result of nothing more than a series of fortuitous happenstances. In other words, just plain dumb luck.

But what do I know?

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01-25-2013 17:03:31

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 Re: Found While Farming Thru The Years in reply to Ultradog MN, 01-25-2013 15:44:19  
In Europe and Asia you had different groups who were constantly working to find better ways to do things so they would be more advanced then their neighbors. There was some metalworking going on in the Americas, for example Aztec gold, but not for major use.

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