reply to post by Hanslune
That was a fascinating read, thanks for posting,
The idea that brsearch if other seasonal itemsbeer was a precursor to bread making and the motive force behind cereal domestication is novel and
raises some other questions.
The first question being were these people truley hunter gatherers?
The gathering and storing of wild cereals in quantities sufficient for brewing, means that these people weren't simply hunter gatherers, but were a
settled group with a good sized population, that would needed in order to gather up the wild cereals.
My second question is, how did they come by the idea brewing beer, and did it lead to a sedentary life?
Maybe when they were a true h/g society, the cacheing of collected cereals started the while thing off.
At this same point in time in the new world, the people of the great basin were doing just that. They were collecting seeds and acorns and cacheing
them away in caves and pits in areas where these foodstuffs were plentiful. The diversity of other items found in the caches suggest that they were
storing the grains for future use.
Could this type of practice have lead to the invention of brewing and thereby settlements and agriculture?
Imagine you and your people had a good year with just the right weather and the grasses grew good and tall.
You've collected far more seeds than you can use at the time, so you stash some of it away in a pit, or cave. Maybe in baskets or leather bags.
Unknown to you, because you left the area in search of other goodies
,along comes some rain and gets the grain wet, and it starts fermenting..
When you return you find that your stash has gotten wet and went south. But you are really hungry, so you take the chance and eat the bubbly smelly
mess any way. After a couple gourd cups full you feel the alcohol, and it is truly a gift from the gods. Next harvest you stash you stash your grain
in the same place and the place becomes important enough to stay.