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Ancient farmers swiftly spread westward

Agricultural villages appeared in Croatia nearly 8,000 years ago

6:20pm, January 7, 2011

Croatia does not have a reputation as a hotbed of ancient agriculture. But new excavations, described January 7 in San Antonio at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, unveil a Mediterranean Sea–hugging strip of southern Croatia as a hub for early farmers who spread their sedentary lifestyle from the Middle East into Europe.

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