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Published on Jan 12, 2015
Levantine Corridor Hypothesis (O’Brien 1984) Summary of Evidence Supporting the First Domestication of Crops and Animals in the Levantine Corridor close to Mt Hermon, Southern Lebanon
Undisputed scientific and archaeological evidence locates the origins of agriculture at the end of the Great Younger Dryas Ice around 9,500 BC in the Levantine Corridor between Damascus and Jericho. The domesticated seeds and animals found in this area, quite different in many ways from their wild ancestors, arriving in the same place around the same time, provide proof of the arrival of an advanced civilisation, in what was a key glacial refuge for plants and animals. Agriculture and civilised living, along with these plants and animals, progressed and dispersed as the planet rapidly warmed throughout what is called the Holocene (wholly recent period of time). This presentation brings together in two parts much that we now know about our brilliant and benevolent ancestors, and how they took their technology and seeds around the world in the course of the following two thousand years.
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