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Grain in Prehistory

Grain Eaten at Least 23,000 Years Ago

Grain has been eaten by humans for a long time, in many different places. That's because grains are grass seeds, and grasses grow all over the world. Seeds are highly nutritious and easy to collect.

Grain in Middle-Eastern Prehistory

Harvard researchers push human cereal use back 10,000 years

Researchers Find Signs Of Grain Milling, Baking 23,000 Years Ago
New find in Israel shows that cereal production predates agricultural societies by millennia.

Researchers find earliest known oven
New find in Israel shows that cereal production predates agricultural societies by millennia.

Impetus for sowing and the beginning of agriculture: Ground collecting of wild cereals

Processing of wild cereal grains in the Upper Palaeolithic revealed by starch grain analysis

The broad spectrum revisited: Evidence from plant remains
The staple foods of this assemblage were wild grasses, pushing back the dietary shift to grains some 10,000 years earlier than previously recognized.

Stone Age humans ate porridge on holiday
Because of its nearby water and plentiful food, Ohalo was like a Stone Age vacation spot where some people stayed, and others just came to visit.

Grain in Asian Prehistory

Plants and people from the Early Neolithic to Shang periods in North China

Current issues in Chinese Neolithic archaeology
Recent fieldwork in both northern and southern China suggests that initial steps toward settled agricultural villages began circa 11,000 B.P. ...evidence for the cultivation of millet, rice, and other plants...
Journal of World Prehistory

Ainu ancestors and prehistoric Asian agriculture
Most of the remains are seeds of barley, wheat, two millets, adzuki and mung beans, hemp, beefsteak plant, rice, and melon.
Journal of Archeological Science

Evolutionary perspective on dietary intake of fibre and colorectal cancer
Our ancestral diet consistently included a diverse range of plants that regularly contributed up to and often >100 g/day of dietary fibre.

See also © Jordan Rothstein <jordan at>