World’s oldest bread: Scientists find remains of 14,000 years old bread
World’s oldest bread: Scientists find remains of 14,000 years old bread

OFFBEAT | July 20, 2018:

Scientists have found that the oldest direct evidence of bread found to date is at least 4,000 years before the advent of agriculture, according to a new study.

A study published on Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported the charred remains of a flatbread baked by hunter-gatherers 14,400 years ago at an archaeological site in northeastern Jordan, reports Xinhua news agency.

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The findings suggest that bread production based on wild cereals may have encouraged hunter-gatherers to cultivate cereals, thus contributing to the agricultural revolution in the Neolithic period.

A team of researchers from the University of Copenhagen, University College London and University of Cambridge analysed the charred food remains from a Natufian hunter-gatherer site known as Shubayqa 1 located in the Black Desert.

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