Archaeologists working in the Black Desert, a location visited on our 2018 Jordan tour, have unearthed a surprising find this week.
Charred remains of a flatbread have been discovered at a 14,000-year-old dig site, situated in the northeastern part of the country. This new discovery proves that humans began making bread millennia before agriculture was developed.
Speaking to BBC News, Professor Dorian Fuller of University College London explained the significance of this new find:
“This is the earliest evidence we have for what we could really call a cuisine, in that it's a mixed food product. They've got flatbreads, and they've got roasted gazelle and so forth, and that's something they are then using to make a meal.”
Prior to this discovery, the earliest evidence of bread came from Turkey and those remains were 9,000-years-old. Now, archaeologists and historians can push this date back by more than 5,000 years.
Dr Amaia Arranz-Otaegui of the University of Copenhagen, who made this exciting new discovery, admitted that they didn’t expect to find bread – of all things – at this site. She explained that it was probably made by “grinding cereals and club-rush tubers to obtain fine flour, mixing of flour with water to produce dough, and baking the dough in the hot ashes of a fireplace or in a hot flat-stone”.
Explore Jordan and its Black Desert in 2018 with Archaeological Tours. Departing on October 5th, our 14-day itinerary offers travelers the chance to experience weightlessness in the Dead Sea, stand before the magnificent rock-cut city of Petra and cruise the almost lunar-like desert landscapes in a fleet of 4X4s.
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