The Best Archaeology Finds Of 2018

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#03 – The First Bakers 14,400 Years Ago

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New findings show that 14,400 years ago, at least 4,000 years before the birth of agriculture, people were already trying to find a proper method for delicious bread. A small campsite found which belonged to a culture known as the Natufians, the researchers from the University of Copenhagen say. In the campsite, scholars found bread-like products that triggered their interest. It appeared this culture already had ovens and the remains found in them show that Natufians collected wild cereals and tubers in order to make flour for bread. It is believed that this type of recipe was not an ordinary everyday dish but rather a delicacy reserved for special occasions. Furthermore, scientists at Stanford University analyzed residues from three Natufian stone mortars and found evidence proving that Natufians were brewing beer from wild wheat and barley 13,000 years ago. These two discoveries may prove that our ancestors were bakers and brewers way before the dawn of agriculture.

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