“The earliest technological leap from hunting and gathering activities to the scientific cultivation of crops occurred in Africa at least 7,000 years before it did on any other continent. Science magazine reported in 1979 the discovery by Fred Wendorf of agricultural sites near the Nile going back more than 10,000 years before the dynasties of Egypt. There, Africans were cultivating and harvesting barley and einkorn wheat. Grains of these cereals were carbon-dated at Kubbaniya, a site just a few miles north of Aswan, and these gave a reading of 17,850 B.C. plus or minus 200 years, which is roughly 17,500-18,000 years ago. Other sites, farther south, like Tushka in Nubia, indicated the same dating.”

Source: Dr. Ivan Van Sertima. Blacks In Science: Ancient and Modern. pg. 20. 1983.

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