posted on Apr, 19 2008 @ 08:37 AM
As has been pointed out, a great deal of time, organization and manpower/womanpower would have been required to design, quarry and construct this
temple site. The people doing this work; especially the "site boss", labourers and artisans would have had to spend a lot of time on-site. They
themselves would not likely have been participants in the hunter-gatherer lifestyle as well; at least not while they were doing this work.
Thats a lot of bellies to feed. What would the logistics of feeding this group have been?
Were the actual hunter gatherers continually resupplying the workforce from the game and edible wild fruit and vegetables available around the
Was there indeed enough surplus wild stuff around to feed such a group? I had the impression hunter gatherer groups are usually not large
congregations, and need to keep moving due to depletion of local resources and the need to find fresh sources for their sustenance.
Would not some sort of domesticated source of grain have been needed to maintain such a "permanent" population, as this site required, or was the
area really that abundant/ bountiful at that time?
Were the suppliers, preparers and transporters of the food paid, or did they just "support the cause?"
I am leaning towards a scenario where, like most things in life, there wasn't a hard demarcation point between when farming was or was not done. My
hunch is that some sort of gradual process took place whereby even if large fields weren't tilled and seeded, selective productive wild areas were
nurtured and taken care of in some way to enhance/ensure the availability and supply.
The society that enabled this architectural feat had to be quite sophisticated, relying on a high degree of specializations in skills, and structured
so that the various specializations supported the larger community. Besides experts in hunting and gathering, there had to be experts in
"cultivating", in baking/cooking, in transportation; etc. etc.
A sense of co-operating for the common good and/or strong leadership as well as, obviously, faith in some larger power had to be a part of the mix.