Neolithic settlements were transformed into populated, vibrant urban centers as the result of four cultural changes: agricultural innovation, diversification of labor, centralized government, and social stratification.

  1. Consider:
    • Are cities and states today in the 21st century any different from the Neolithic cities and states? Why?
    • Are there cultural changes evident in your city or community similar to the four, which transformed Neolithic villages? Identify and describe two (2) of these cultural changes. Explain the source of the changes and the impact upon your city or community.