Agriculture's roots spread east to Iran

Finds at ancient village extend early crop cultivation across the Fertile Crescent

2:03pm, July 4, 2013

ANIMAL FARM  As well as cultivating and domesticating one form of wheat by 9,800  years ago, inhabitants of a newly excavated village in western Iran left behind  artifacts such as this clay animal figurine. 

Agriculture originated across a broader swath of southwestern Asia’s Fertile Crescent, and over a longer time period, than many scientists have thought, excavations in western Iran suggest.

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