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DNA discovery: British people ate imported wheat 8,000 years ago
DNA discovery: British people ate imported wheat 8,000 years ago

DNA evidence suggests the hunter-gatherers of Britain were importing wheat from their agrarian neighbors on mainland Europe as much as 8,000 years ago. The discovery, published Thursday in Science, could mean there was more contact between early farmers and hunter-gatherers in Europe than was previously thought.   According to the archaeological record, farming first started in Europe in the Balkans about 9,000 years ago and slowly moved west over the following millenniums, eventually coming to mainland Britain about 6,000 years ago. But in the recent study, researchers studying ancient submerged sediment cores off the Isle of Wight found...

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