Ancient figs dating between 11,200 and 11,400 years old have been discovered in the Jordan Valley. This finding in an archaeological site there may reveal one of the earliest forms of agriculture, according to scientists. Scientists can come to this conclusion, as these carbonised fruits are such a variety that could have only been grown with the intervention of humans. This is how The US and Israeli scientists think.
It is may be in this particular period, when humans transformed their lifestyle from hunting and gathering to food cultivation as their occupation.
The Jordan Valley excavation site is discovered with a house called Gilgal I, in an early Neolithic village. It is in this house, scientists found nine small figs, each measuring just 18mm (0.7in) across, with 313 fig fragments smaller in size.
So, can we conclude that figs are an early domestic crop and not a wild breed?
Via: BBC News