The site of the Kanlıtaş mound near İnönü, Eskişehir province, western Turkey, revealed cereal that is believed to be 8000 years old. These are one of the oldest grain samples ever to be found in Anatolia.
The excavations are conducted by Ali Umut Türkcan of Anadolu University in Eskişehir. The mound was surveyed between 2008-2009 revealing traces of human occupation stretching from the Palaeolithic to the Ottoman period. The grain was discovered in the layers that correspond with the period when mankind started agricultural activities. It was also possible to identify the species of the grains being black vetch, wheat, barley and others.
A video in Turkish presents an interview with Ali Türkcan speaking about the discovery:
(after The Anatolia News Agency)