Wheat Discovery Points to Ancient Trading Links

February 27, 2015 12:04 PM

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Britons may have discovered a taste for bread thousands of years earlier than previously thought, thanks to trade with more advanced neighbors on the European continent. That's the conclusion scientists have drawn after discovering that samples from a now-submerged prehistoric camp in southern England contained traces of ancient wheat DNA.

The findings, published this week in the journal Science, suggest that Stone Age hunter-gatherers weren't always displaced suddenly by farmers, but that the two societies co-existed for lengthy periods of time.

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