New evidence of Lateglacial cereal cultivation at Abu Hureyra on the Euphrates

  title={New evidence of Lateglacial cereal cultivation at Abu Hureyra on the Euphrates},
  author={Gordon C. Hillman and Robert E. M. Hedges and Andrew M. T. Moore and Sue Colledge and P. B. Pettitt},
  journal={The Holocene},
  pages={383 - 393}
Hitherto, the earliest archaeological finds of domestic cereals in southwestern Asia have involved wheats and barleys dating from the beginning of the Holocene, 11–12000 calendar years ago. New evidence from the site of Abu Hureyra suggests that systematic cultivation of cereals in fact started well before the end of the Pleistocene by at least 13000 years ago, and that rye was among the first crops. The evidence also indicates that hunter-gatherers at Abu Hureyra first started cultivating… 

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