WXTK Better Health Report: The History of Bread

You know it’s considered common knowledge that the dawn of agriculture began about 10,000 years ago. But that may be wrong.

Archeologists at a site in northern Jordan recently uncovered the charred remains of flatbread baked by hunter-gatherers dated to 14,400 years ago, about 4000 years earlier than expected.

They found that the grains of these flatbreads are wild ancestors of domesticated cereals like barley, einkorn and oats. And they had been ground, sieved and kneaded prior to cooking, so we know now that bread was being produced long before the advent of farming.

Researchers speculate that this bread production and consumption probably influenced the science of plant cultivation.

Until next time, this is Joan Trimble wishing you wellness. 


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