Preserved remains dated from around 9,500 years ago.
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Humans used ceramic pots to cook wild plants before the advent of agriculture, researchers reported Monday. The findings, from some 10,000 years ago, are the earliest direct proof that our species processed plants for food.Surprisingly, however, telltale chemical traces in cookware that wild plants were prepared in the same way, have been lacking.The study was published in the journal Nature Plants.The Takarkori rock shelter is one of the few sites which records the transition from hunter-gatherers, who thrived from about 8200 B.C. to 6400 B.C., to plant domestication and agriculture.The technique used to detect the plants, called organic residue analysis, looks for signature molecules that worked their way into unglazed pots.
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