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Initiation of European agriculture


Some archeological sites can preserve history to such an extent that farming habits of a specific ancient era can be uncovered with elaborate details. Archeologists have encountered such an instance as a research focused on the bank of eastern Albanian lake, 'lake Ohrid' which is also one of Europe's deepest lakes. Now we'll discuss the research.

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Let's Deep Dive:

What Has Been Found:

Hundreds of pile dwellings were uncovered on the bank of Lake Ohrid. These pile dwellings have crowned the title of 'World Heritage Site' by UNESCO in 2011. The recent study redefines the significance of the site in light of the birth of farming in Europe.

The Study:

The study was conducted by a team of researchers from the fields of archeology and biology. The team included Johannes Reich, Philipp Steiner, Ariane Ballmer, Lea Emmenegger, Marco Hostettler, Corinne Stäheli, Goce Naumov, Bojan Taneski, Valentina Todoroska, Konrad Schindler and Albert Hafner.

This research was financially backed by the ‘European Research Council Synergy Grants’. This research was part of a greater international project, named the EXPLO Project(Exploring the dynamics and causes of prehistoric land-use change in the cradle of European farming). The main objective of the project was to discover the process of development of environment, climate and agriculture throughout the past ten millennia along with their influences on each other.