1 The Palaeolithic period spanned the last Ice Age approximately 2.4 million to 9,300 BCE.Neolithic is the dawn of agriculture post-Ice Age. Catalhuyuk a 9,000-year-old Neolithic site in Turkey, has abundant remains that tell a story of the healthy, diverse diet of ancient peoples. They ate fifty percent domesticated plants, especially emmer, einkorn, barley and durum, supplemented with vegetables, tubers, pulses such as lentils and chickpeas, wild-gathered fresh greens, nuts such as pistachio, almonds and acorns, fresh and dried fruit, occasional fish and meat from domesticated sheep, goats, cattle, waterfowl, eggs and wild game, cheese, wine, fruit syrup and honey. The people of Catalhuyuk were industrious, inventive and reverential. Almost every home had a Great Mother shrine, a hearth-oven and grainary. Communal sanctuaries were decorated with Sacred Bull horns and frescos. They were the first people to make a kilm hot enough to hardened pottery for the storage of grain, smelt copper, and had advanced hard stone obsidian and metal tools. The sphistication of this anceint city suggests that their customs evolved over long millenia to achieve such as advanced stage in 9,000.


3 Small-grained wild grasses as the Staple Food at 23,000 Year Old Site , Israel, Ehud Weis, Mordechar kislev, Orit Simchoni, Dani Nadel, Harvard, Bar Ilan, Haifa U.Economic Botany, Vol. 58, Winter, 2004