>The Storage of Grain in Antiquity

>From the Associated Press

WASHINGTON – People were storing grain long before they learned to domesticate crops, a new study indicates. A structure used as a food granary discovered in recent excavations in Jordan dates to about 11,300 years ago., according to a report in Tuesday’s edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

That’s as much as a thousand years before people in the Middle East domesticated grain, the research team led by anthropologist Ian Kuijt of the University of Notre Dame said.

Remains of wild barley were found in the structure, indicating that the grain was collected and saved even though formal cultivation had not yet developed.

The granary was between two other structures used for grain processing and residences, discovered in excavations at Dhra’, near the Dead Sea. The granary was round with walls of stone and mud. The researchers said it had a raised floor for air circulation and protection from rodents.

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Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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4 Responses to >The Storage of Grain in Antiquity

  1. Kepler says:

    >Sir,Scientists say 11,300 years ago. What Bible time is that in your opinion?I suppose you are aware of this:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible_chronology


  2. >Kepler,I am aware of the Bible chronology presented in the wikipedia. The problem with this chronology is that it is based on Ussher's chronology which places the creation of the world in 4004 B.C.Do you believe that an astronomer like Johannes Kepler would believe that the world was created 6000 years ago?Claude Mariottini


  3. Kepler says:

    >It seems I had problems with posting, so I write again, albeit just what I remember.I am sure the original J. Kepler did not believe the Earth was 6000 years, but it is not the Wikipedia article, it is the Old Testament that is full of chronologies that simply do not match to each other, let alone science. One of the first things I did as a child when I started to read the Old Testament was to try to "find out the Earth's age" based on all the quoted times (before getting into science class). Things just don't fit a literal interpretation.Where do you draw the line? You quote in another post about a video that tries to go for the case that Jericho's battle happened as portrayed in the Bible (where children and women were massacred as well). The quotation – that author, not you – seems to try to imply that the validity of that account would support current political positions.I think archaeology is a science, not a way to proof current sociopolitical arguments. The Jewish people have a special relationship to that region and rights but some other people have the same rights, even if they later took another religion:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_people#DNA_and_genetic_studies(by the way, I have the J2 haplogroup).I wonder if you have read The Language of God, by F. Collins.Thanks for your blog.K.


  4. >Kepler,Thank you for your additional comment.The chronology of the Bible is not a good indicator of the age of the earth. According to a literal reading of the chronologies of the Bible, the world was created 4004 BC. Thus, I do not take the chronologies literally.Archaeology cannot prove the Bible but it can ascertain that events in the Bible are based on historical facts. The video in question showed one possible explanation for the fall of Jericho.I believe that the Jewish people have a claim to the land but so do the Palestinians. The solution to the problem is how to help them live together when one group refuses to do so.Claude Mariottini


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