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February 13 2013

Confirmation that Near East farmers bring agriculture to Europe


Archaeologists have long debated how farming spread into Europe; the first agrarian societies appeared in the 7th millennium BCE, attested by one of the earliest farming sites of Europe, discovered in Vashtëmi in southern Albania.

Now, new data gleaned from the teeth of prehistoric farmers and the Mesolithic hunter-gatherers with whom they briefly overlapped shows that agriculture was introduced to Central Europe from the Near East by colonisers who brought farming technology with them rather than as a concept that was adopted by the local populations.

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