First Came BBQ

Archaeology Now

Just in time for the holiday feasting season, learn about the discovery of an ancient pit and the experimental archaeological project that followed to recreate a Neolithic feast. Could our feasts be the result of one of humankind’s greatest inventions?

Few things define us as humans as does the food we eat and its preparation. Scientists theorize that sitting around the campfire, feasting together, enabled the human brain to expand beyond “What’s for dinner?”

A 9,000-year-old barbecue pit was discovered at Prastio Mesorotsos, a site in the Diarizos Valley outside of Paphos on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, which has been almost continuously occupied from the Neolithic era to the present.

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 1.57.04 PM With a view to both the mountains and the sea, Prastio Mesorotsos is a scenic gateway to the highland forests outside of Paphos in Cyprus. Humans have called this place home almost continuously for the past 10,000 years.


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