Latest Granary Stories

2009-07-01 09:04:55

U.S. anthropologists say recent excavations in Jordan have provided evidence of the world's oldest known granaries. University of Notre Dame Associate Professor Ian Kuijt said the appearance of the granaries represents a critical evolutionary shift in the relationship between people and plant foods. Kuijt and Bill Finlayson, director of the Council for British Research in the Levant, describe recent excavations at Dhra' near the Dead Sea in Jordan that provide evidence of granaries that...

2009-06-23 13:18:26

A new study shows that people were storing grain before they even learned to domesticate crops. According to a report in Tuesday's edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, people used a structure as a food granary that was discovered in recent excavations in Jordan.  The report said that the structure dates back to about 11,300 years ago. The research team, which was led by anthropologist Ian Kuijt of the University of Notre Dame, said that it was used a thousand...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.