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Aceramic Neolithic site in the Damascus basin of Syria, occupied c7800-6600 bc, which has produced important evidence on early farming. From the beginning peas, lentils, emmer wheat and probably barley were all cultivated. The presence of both cereals and pulses showing morphological characteristics of domestication suggests that these early farmers might already have discovered that if these two types of crops are grown in rotation soil fertility is renewed.

The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983Copied