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Ancient grain reveals the development of the earliest cities

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A new study shows that the Mesopotamian farmers during a food crisis did not try to farm their land more intensively, but converted more land to arable land. (Photo: Shutterstock)

How were the first cities established and how did they develop? The analysis of 8,000 years old grain from ancient Mesopotamia has some answers.

By Rasmus Kragh Jakobsen
Science Nordic
Oct 3, 2017

Excerpt:

At this time, people lived in villages of perhaps 100 to 200 people, and then suddenly, some 6,000 years ago, over a period of a few centuries, these villages grew to cities of more than 10,000 inhabitants.

The development of arable farming, which provided food for all these people, is a key piece of the puzzle to understand how these cities grew so quickly.

In recent years, archaeologists have obtained a new peep-hole that allows them to see back in time. Amazingly enough, packets of information have survived 8,000 years in the form of grain from burned down houses.

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Hexagro – The Living Farming Tree

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A modular, scalable and automated indoor garden that allows you to grow healthy food at your house or business, without being an experienced farmer.

From crowdfunding page

Thanks to LED lights, an automatic irrigation system and scalable kits you will decide how much produce to grow based on your own needs. Easy to unpack at home, you can choose to start with the basic 4-modules kit and scale up later on. But if you already can’t wait to invite your friends for dinner, the fully equipped 11-modules configuration is the one for you!

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