001- Early Inhabitants
The Natufian culture (c. 12,500–9,500 BCE) was unusual in that it supported a sedentary or semi-sedentary population even before the introduction of agriculture. The Natufian communities may be the ancestors of the builders of the first Neolithic settlements of the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean), which may have been the earliest in the world.
The world’s oldest evidence of bread-making has been found in a 14,500 year old Natufian site in Jordan, predating the dawn of agriculture. The site contains charred crumbs of pita-like flatbread, baked with wild cereals and the roots of an aquatic plant similar to papyrus.
The world’s oldest evidence of bread-making has been found in Shubayqa 1 in northeastern Jordan.