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Archaeologists have learned about the past of the lifeless Black desert

Археологи узнали о прошлом безжизненной Черной пустыниThe ancient people who lived in the area, could hunt a number of species of animals.

Archaeologists from the University of Copenhagen found in the Black desert in the Eastern part of Jordan bones of wild sheep that lived in the region of 14.5 thousand years ago. This species has not previously been identified in this area, which was believed, is a marginal habitat, where not able to survive the populations of large animals. Article scientists published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, and briefly about the study said in a press release at EurekAlert.

Although currently Black desert is barren, there is increasing evidence that the ancient people who lived in the area, could hunt a number of species of animals. Residue analysis of the fauna of the times naturisme culture (12,5-9,5 thousand of years BC) and Neolithic doterminos (8,5-5.5 thousand BC) at sites of hunter-gatherers has shown that the sheep could live on the East of Jordan all year round. In the Black desert lived several species, including the Asian mouflon.

According to scientists, the Black desert was rich in resources, suitable for the existence of human settlements. In a changing climate the people of the Levant could switch to different food sources, and hunting for wild sheep is just one of the ways to produce food.

The Levant is called the territory to the East of the Mediterranean sea, where Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Israel and Palestine. Historically, this region is considered the center of ancient man’s transition to a settled way of life, the emergence of farming and agriculture.

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