I'm trying to track down a short story I read, on paper, at some point between (very approximately) 1980 and 2000. It was set during the Neolithic (aka First Agricultural) Revolution, the "wide-scale transition of many human cultures from a lifestyle of hunting and gathering to one of agriculture and settlement", to quote Wikipedia.
Unfortunately I can remember very little of the plot. Two key characters were a girl or woman, who wanted to settle and grow crops, and a boy or man, who wanted to cling to the old hunter-gatherer ways. Stereotyped, I know, but there you go. I think the man may have been named "Bam" or "Bann" or something like that.
The key phrase that sticks in my memory is the man saying to the woman,
"Nothing can grow without a strong arm to protect it."
Googling around this has not turned up anything, sadly.