Researchers Discover First Use of Fertilizer

A beautiful example of Finley's important 1827...

8000 year old fertilizer. Farmers in the Near East—what is today Israel, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, and neighboring countries—began cultivating plants and herding animals about 8000 B.C.E., but there are no signs that they used animal dung for anything other than as fuel for fires. A team led by Amy Bogaard, an archaeobotanist at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, decided to look for evidence in Europe, where farming began to spread from the Near East about 8500 years ago.

Researchers Discover First Use of Fertilizer – ScienceNOW.

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