Desert inhabitants in Israel were farming 5,000 years earlier than previously thought

Published on March 22nd, 2013 | by Admin

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A new study suggests that farming in the Holy Land began 5,000 years earlier than previously thought.

The current thinking is that these desert denizens didn’t practice agriculture before approximately the first century, surviving instead by raising animals, said Hendrik Bruins, a landscape archaeologist at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

But new research suggests people in this area, the Negev highlands, practiced agriculture as long ago as 5000 B.C., Bruins told LiveScience. If true, the finding could change historians’ views of the area’s inhabitants, who lived in the region in biblical times and even before, he added.

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Story: Douglas Main, LiveScience | Photo: Douglas Main

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