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Origins Of Farming In The Fertile Crescent
2013-07-06 05:04:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Previously established theories have stated that Mesopotamia, or the "cradle of civilization," was the place where humans began to transition from hunter-gatherers to farmers. However, a new study from archeologists at the University of Tubingen in Germany indicates that prehistoric people living just outside Mesopotamia, but still within the Fertile Crescent, in modern-day Iran cultivated cereal grains between 12,000 and 9,800 years ago....

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2012-09-05 20:36:04

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Ancient sites and cultural heritage are under threat in Syria due to the current conflict. An interdisciplinary team of social and earth science researchers hope that this new discovery, which has major implications for understanding the world's first empire, will help to highlight the importance of protecting Syria's heritage. The conflict that has them worried is the Syrian Civil War, also known as the Syrian Uprising. This...

DNA Traces Cattle Back To Ancient Times
2012-03-28 11:52:54

A new genetic study confirms that modern domesticated cattle are descended from 80 domesticated wild oxen in the Near East over 10,500 years ago. Scientists from CNRS, the National Museum of Natural History in France, the University of Mainz in Germany, and University College London (UCL) in the UK performed the study by extracting DNA from the bones of extracted domestic cattle found in Iran. These sites are believed to date back to the invention of farming and the area where cattle first...

2011-03-16 15:13:00

SEATTLE, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- This spring, a new taste sensation will hit the streets of Seattle, courtesy of the Near East brand of couscous and other flavored side dishes. Near East is launching its first-ever mobile food truck - the Couscous Caravan - to deliver global flavors inspired by Seattle neighborhoods and local ingredients. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110316/CG66654) From March 22 through May 15, the Near East Couscous Caravan will make appearances...

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2010-04-06 12:15:00

A team of archaeologists from the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute has joined a team of Syrian colleagues in excavating a key site from the prehistoric society that formed the foundation of urban life in the ancient Middle East. The site already has yielded evidence of trade in obsidian, rich agricultural production and the development of copper processing "” all of which flourished long before people domesticated pack animals for transportation or invented the wheel. The...

2010-04-05 08:00:00

CHICAGO, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Near East, the leading brand of couscous and other specialty side dishes, is helping busy, at-home chefs spice up everyday meals through a new interactive online community located at www.AroundtheWorldin5.com. This online community serves up cooking short-cuts, creative kitchen tips, and delicious quick-prep recipes featuring Near East couscous, helping food-lovers bring worldly flair to everyday meals in minutes. Visitors to www.AroundtheWorldin5.com...

2010-01-19 21:11:03

Study led by University of Leicester published in PLoS Biology A new study from the University of Leicester has found that most men in Europe descend from the first farmers who migrated from the Near East 10,000 years ago. The findings are published January 19 in the open-access journal PLoS Biology. The invention of farming is perhaps the most important cultural change in the history of modern humans. Increased food production led to the development of societies that stayed put, rather than...

2010-01-12 19:20:26

New study argues climate change was not responsible for the Agricultural Revolution Sustainable farming and the introduction of new crops relies on a relatively stable climate, not dramatic conditions attributable to climate change. Basing their argument on evolutionary, ecological, genetic and agronomic considerations, Dr. Shahal Abbo, from the Levi Eshkol School of Agriculture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and colleagues, demonstrate why climate change is not the likely...