Gruber: My 2012 remarks were “a speak-o”
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Schmidt's thesis is simple and bold: it was the urge to worship that brought mankind together in the very first urban conglomerations. The need to build and maintain this temple, he says, drove the builders to seek stable food sources, like grains and animals that could be domesticated, and then to settle down to guard their new way of life. The temple begat the city.What I find so fascenating about this is not that it is an "outlier" or that it "upends the apple cart" of archeological thinking as the artile directly states but that it is so logical when you think about it.