Research Article

Tracing the Origin and Spread of Agriculture in Europe

  • Ron Pinhasi mail,

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    Affiliation: School of Human and Life Sciences, Whitelands College, Roehampton University, London, United Kingdom

  • Joaquim Fort,

    Affiliation: Departament de Fisica, E.P.S. P-II, Universitat de Girona, Campus de Montilivi, Catalonia, Spain

  • Albert J Ammerman

    Affiliation: Department of Classics, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, United States of America

  • Published: November 29, 2005
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0030410

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Earliest agriculture in Finland

Posted by plosbiology on 07 May 2009 at 22:13 GMT

Author: 'Stuart' 'Harris'
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Submitted Date: April 22, 2006
Published Date: April 22, 2006
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SW Finland lies 3100 km from the approximate center of diffusion. This region has a relatively mild climate - all kinds of crops grow here.
Your data suggests that agriculture may have arrived in 7000 BC at the earliest, 6000 BC at the latest.
In the region just SE of Salo, which has been populated since 7600 BC, by raising sea level to 80m (7600 BC), no fields are visible; but at the level of 75m (7100 BC), the first field appears.

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