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14,400-year-old archaeobotanical evidence of bread surfaced in Jordan

Scientists revealed new evidence about the history of bread. Breadcrumbs that scientists have found in an old stone house in the Middle East suggested that humans began to cook bread far earlier than previously believed. 

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Breadcrumbs that scientists have found in an old stone house in the Middle East suggested that humans began to cook bread far earlier than previously believed, according to Washington Post. Based on radiocarbon studies on charred plants found at ovens close to the breadcrumbs, it is revealed that the food waste is 14,400-year-old. This date is 4,000 years earlier than the date in which the efforts of cultivation began to appear. “Our studies have revealed that the bread is not a product of complex societies but rather hunter-gatherer society of Paleolithic era,” said researcher-writer Amaia Arranz Otaegui of the Copenhagen University.
Archaeologists found the breadcrumbs in the precipitation examples from Shubayqa 1 in Jordan. The oven in the center of the structure where breadcrumbs are found is designed as oval, and construction foremen had placed stones in a careful way on the ground. Arranz Otaegui said the researchers do not know where this structure is a home or ritual place. Experts said they do not know whether this bread was consumed on regular basis or occasionally or bread is luxury goods.

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