Study: Farming may have been around in Israel before biblical times

03/20/2013 | LiveScience.com

Agriculture in the Negev highlands of Israel began as early as 5000 B.C., according to research suggesting the land's residents may have lived in the area before biblical times. Researchers examined the radiocarbon dating of organic matter in various soil layers and were found three distinct time periods, with the earliest dating to between 5000 B.C. to 4500 B.C.

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