Wheat at Mesolithic site c.6000BC

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Wheat at Mesolithic site c.6000BC

Postby simonwheeler » Fri Feb 27, 2015 3:17 pm

from The Independent

Neolithic agricultural revolution may have reached Britain 2000 years earlier than previously thought.


Discoveries close to what is now the Isle of Wight.

The archaeologists say that the site may have been a Mesolithic boat-building encampment -perhaps the oldest such site yet discovered anywhere in the world. They have found evidence for woodworking, cooking and flint tool manufacturing. They also discovered pieces of Mesolithic string, the heel bone of a giant wild cow (aurochs) and DNA from dog (or wolf) and cattle (probably giant aurochs).

"The use of, or introduction of, cereal grains in Britain now appears to have been a much longer and more complex process than we had previously imagined," said archaeologist, Professor Vince Gaffney of the University of Bradford, co-author of the Science paper.
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