Why Settle Down? The Mystery of Communities

  title={Why Settle Down? The Mystery of Communities},
  author={Michael Balter},
  pages={1442 - 1442}
  • M. Balter
  • Published 20 November 1998
  • History
  • Science
THE FIRST CITIESA‡ATALHA–YAœK, TURKEY-- This 9000-year-old settlement in Anatolia was once hailed as the earliest city, with a population of 10,000, shared institutions, a division of labor, and a reliance on agriculture. But a meticulous new excavation of the site, being conducted by a team including on-site specialists in human and animal remains, fossil plants, pottery, and stone tools, is challenging the long-held assumption that the first settlements and the transition to agriculture were… 

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