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Farming Is One Of The Oldest Practices Known To Humanity, And It Started 7,500 Years Ago

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Farming is one of the oldest practices known to humanity. Agriculture has allowed communities to produce a more reliable and consistent food supply, leading to population growth and the rise of complex societies.

Today, agriculture continues to play a vital role in sustaining human populations all over the world. A new analysis has shown that farming started in North Africa after the arrival of immigrants thousands of years ago.

Agriculture and the domestication of livestock were adopted during the Neolithic age, marking a significant transition in human history.

Recent research has pointed to rapid farming developments in the Middle East in a region known as the Fertile Crescent.

From there, agricultural developments spread and were adopted by hunter-gatherer societies in the Anatolian peninsula, which is now Turkey.

Around 8,500 years ago, people from those farming communities traveled across the Aegean Sea to Greece and the Balkans, where they introduced practices similar to those used in Anatolia. Five centuries later, they made it over to Italy.

The first appearance of agriculture on the Iberian Peninsula occurred around 7,600 years ago. Signs of it showed up on the islands of Corsica and Sardinia and throughout Europe. As a result, populations expanded and intermixed, merging genetics and cultures together.

The farming practices on the Iberian Peninsula resembled the methods that had emerged in Italy. For instance, they decorated pottery with impressed motifs using seashells.

Throughout the Mediterranean, this type of pottery has been uncovered in coastal areas, indicating that Neolithic people sailed near the shoreline in simply built boats. It wasn’t long before their presence took over the Iberian Peninsula.

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