Why was the development of institutions one of the most important features of Neolithic culture?
Ans. Along with different characteristics of Neolithic culture, one of the most significant features that have revolutionized today’s modern industry is development of institutions.
Neolithic era is characterized by the earliest adoption of agriculture by the humans and led them to shift their mere subsistence from hunting and gatherings to a better livelihood. This headed to the development of early institutions that set the ground for the most sophisticated and modernized institutions which one witness today (Paik, 2009). It is seen that those regions in which the agriculture revolution was experienced at the earlier stages of Neolithic transformation, have shown more persistent signs of industries that belong to pre-historic era, “while those adopting agriculture late witnessed democratic, egalitarian institutions”( Paik, 2009, p.1). It has also been argued that the modern world of today with an economic boom is the function of past institutions established in Neolithic era.