Study: Olive cultivation began as many as 8,000 years ago

02/5/2013 | LiveScience.com

Olives were first cultivated in the Eastern Mediterranean region 6,000 to 8,000 years ago, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. A genetic analysis of 1,900 samples of olive trees from around the area found that olives were likely first domesticated from wild varieties near Turkey and Syria.

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