Hunter-Gatherers in Europe Owned Domesticated Pigs as Early as 4600 BC

August 27, 2013 6:50 PM

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European hunter-gatherers may have started farming practices far sooner than anyone expected. Archaeologists have uncovered the interaction between hunter-gatherer and farming communities, revealing that less-stationary groups of people may have acquired pigs from farmers as early as 4,600 BC.

Between 6,000 and 4,000 BC, animals and plants spread throughout Europe. Yet this wouldn't have been possible without the complex interplay between indigenous Mesolithic hunter-gatherers and incoming Neolithic farmers. Yet the scale of this interaction has been hotly debated by researchers for years...

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