No single origin for agriculture in the Fertile Crescent

29/07/2013 13:25

Transition from foraging to farming occurred over the entire Fertile Crescent.

A rich assemblage of fossils and artifacts 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 9,800 years ago. The discovery implies that the transition from foraging to farming took place at roughly the same time across the entire Fertile Crescent, not in a single core area of the "cradle of civilization," as previously thought. [Read more] ...