News FocusSociety for American Archaeology 76th Annual Meeting

Early Farmers Went Heavy on the Starch

Science  22 Apr 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6028, pp. 416-417
DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6028.416-b

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Recent evidence shows that agriculture began in fits and starts in the Near East, more than 10,000 years ago. Now a U.S.-German team is gathering the first comprehensive evidence that the earliest farmers in the Levant ate a wide variety of plants, including starchy tubers, which may have allowed them to experiment with grain cultivation without fear of starvation, the team reported at the Society for American Archaeology meeting.