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Iranian archaeology site

FOUNDING FARMERS  A bone fragment from a 7,000-year-old farmer was discovered in this cave in the Zagros region of Iran. His DNA and the DNA of three other individuals from a second Iranian site revealed that two different groups were involved in early farming.

MICROBE MADE  Odd underwater formations near the Greek island of Zakynthos are the millions-of-years-old remains of natural hydrocarbon vents, not a lost Greek city.

Ancient wine jug

WINE TIME  A piece of a roughly 6,300-year-old jar found in Greece contains chemical evidence of fermented grapes, making it the oldest known example of wine making in Europe, and perhaps in the world.

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