People in Eastern Europe started growing wheat about 8,000 to 9,000 years ago, making its way westward, crossing the English Channel some 6,000 years ago.
However, a new discovery made at an archeological site has left the scientists wondering.
The discovery was made by a team of researchers who have been working at the Boulder Cliff site. They have unearthed the an 8,000 year old DNA sample which suggests that wheat was not grown in those regions or any other parts of England.
Bouldner Cliff is an archaeological site located 36 feet underwater and approximately 800 feet off the shore from Bouldnor, which is near Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight.
The ancient site was first discovered in 1999, when the local people found a lobster that was carrying a small, stone-age tool.
The scientists use a method called box sampling in order to collect samples from the underwater site.
They do it by thrusting metal sampling boxes to search the newly exposed soil of the site. They then seal the box and transport it back to the surface and examine the samples in the lab.
Robin Allaby, one of the researchers involved in the discovery, explained they discovered samples of DNA from ancient wheat. This is strange because there is no knowledge of wheat in England for at least another 2,000 years.
Allaby says that southern Europeans were already growing wheat at that time, which means the wheat in England came from them.
The researchers are very excited about the recent discovery because it suggests that people from Bouldner were not as isolated from the world as it was previously believed.
According to the researchers, the Bouldner community was in touch with other, more advanced Neolithic farmers from southern Europe.
After analyzing the DNA samples, the scientists concluded that the wheat was imported from somewhere else, since it was more related to the domesticated wheat that grew in Near Eastern, that the wild wheat that grew in the Bouldner areas.
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