“Transition to farming simultaneous across most of Fertile Crescent”

“Photo A – excavations in area A at Chogha Golan, Iran. Photo B – architecture and grinding equipment.” Image: TISARP/University of Tübingen Source: Pasthorizonspr.com

Archeology News from Past Horizons features this report, sourced from American Association for the Advancement of Science.  According to the report, “A rich assemblage of fossils and artefacts in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains in Iran has revealed that the early inhabitants of the region began cultivating cereal grains for agriculture between 12,000 and 9,000 years ago.”

According to the report, “Simone Riehl from the University of Tübingen in Germany, along with colleagues from the Tübingen Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoecology, have analysed plant remains at the aceramic (pre-pottery) Neolithic site of Chogha Golan in Iran, and their results show that people were growing and grinding cereal grains like wheat and barley at the same time as their counterparts to the west.”

These finding, which are to be published in the journal Science, would indicate that the, “Cradle of civilization” happened simultaneously in, “Multiple regions in the Fertile Crescent,” instead of a, “Single core area.”


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