Food storage began before farming

Published on June 23rd, 2009 | by Admin


A food granary dating back to over 11,300-years-ago has been found in Jordan, indicating that people were storing grain long before they learned to domesticate crops.

That’s as much as a thousand years before people in the Middle East domesticated grain, the research team led by anthropologist Ian Kuijt of the University of Notre Dame said.

Remains of wild barley were found in the structure, indicating that the grain was collected and saved even though formal cultivation had not yet developed.

The granary was between two other structures used for grain processing and residences, discovered in excavations at Dhra’, near the Dead Sea. The granary was round with walls of stone and mud. The researchers said it had a raised floor for air circulation and protection from rodents.

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