Wheat DNA reveals that 8,000 years ago Britain was not an island

Wheat DNA reveals that 8,000 years ago Britain was not an island

DNA tests performed not too long ago reveal some important cultural connections between Great Britain and continental Europe about 8,000 years ago. Researchers found evidence of a variety of wheat in a submerged archaeological site off the coast of England, 2,000 years before agriculture was introduced to what is now the United Kingdom.

The research team claims that the introduction of agriculture can be considered as one of the most important historical events for any of the human communities, which has led to the development of the societies that sustain the modern world that we know today.

This research has been published in the journal Science and the researchers suggest that the most plausible explanation for wheat reaching this latitude is that British Mesolithic peoples They came to maintain different commercial and social networks that could reach beyond the English Channel.

This series of contacts could have been assisted by land bridges that used to link the southeast coast of what is now Great Britain to continental Europe, which would facilitate the possibility of making exchanges between the hunters of Great Britain and the farmers of southern Europe.

Wheat is called Einkorn and it was very common in southern Europe many centuries ago. The DNA of this variety of wheat was collected from the sediment that had formed on the surface of the different geological substrates, which were subsequently submerged due to the melting of the glaciers that were advancing rapidly through the center of Europe.

All this work has been directed by Robin Allaby, of the University of Warwick, who has come to assure that this discovery indicates that Great Britain, at least in the Mesolithic era, was less insular and that the inhabitants were interacting in a certain way with Southern Europeans.

Land bridges They provided that this contact could exist and far from being an island, at least in its entirety, Britain had both a physical and a cultural connection. About 8,000 years ago, the people of the British Isles were living as hunter-gatherers and at the same time, from the south, the agricultural peoples that existed were spreading across the European continent.

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