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Archeologists Find Signs of Farming in 11,000 BC

July 16, 2001

Humans might have begun farming 13,000 years ago, about 2,500 years earlier than previously thought, according to new findings unearthed in the Euphrates region of Syria. A team led by archeologist Gordon Hillman of University College, London found evidence of a climate change occurring in the region about 11,000 BC, followed by the appearance of fat-grained cereals, such as rye, that could only have been selected and propagated by humans.

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Compiled by Times medical writer Thomas H. Maugh II

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