More specifically I am wondering:
Why/how stone masonry arose seemingly independently in various locations across the planet?
Does anyone know what the current consensus is in the scientific community? Do we have a hypothesis? Or is it simply obvious when studying the
Some basic information:
To my knowledge the scientific community assume that modern man (Homo Sapiens) has been around for at least 100,000 years. The indigenous people of
the Americas are said to have arrived 13,500 years ago, or perhaps even earlier. But according to our findings modern man didn't begin to make large
stone structures until around 7,000 years ago. And within a few thousands years people were constructing things all around the planet seemingly
independently of each other- which when viewed in the scope of time that homo sapiens have been around, seems like an amazing coincidence.
List of the oldest buildings in the world
So - why did we do it?
My own thoughts/explanation:
Now I do understand that early man did suffer a lot of hardship - and some 70,000 years ago, there weren't so terrible many of us around. So perhaps
we just never got around to building stuff, what with all the hunting and gathering we were doing - not to mention the cave painting. I assume that
our interest in constructing things in stone, most likely is tightly linked to the development of agriculture. Both using the constructions in order
to track the movement of the sun, and hence the seasons, and properly also just to store or process crops. Agriculture does seem to have started
around the time the first people left for America 13,500 years ago. So it would make sense why this practice would be found with indigenous people
across the planet, and if agriculture is what lead to stone masonry I guess that explains it .
Also it is no secret that our even earlier ancestors liked to make their tools from stone, and sometimes took shelter in caves. So perhaps
construction buildings were just the logical next step for our species.
Also there are cases of actual cave building/modifying that goes back around 12,000 years as far as I can understand.
Never the less, I can't help but be amazed that it happened, independently around the planet, across such a short period of time in our history - and
seemingly evolved quite rapidly too. I mean - some ancient structures are freaking amazing.
And the reason why I have put this on the science and technology forum, is because I am interested in the current scientific explanation, since I
can't seem to find any. I am well aware of the many conspiracy theories on the subject.
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