Science: Cultural Eden

The search for the site of man's first civilized home narrowed down last week. The Iraq Government proudly claimed the oldest agricultural village in the world, recently discovered (see map). Its ruins, presumably about 8,000 years old, lay near Hassuna, about 250 miles from Baghdad. The mud-brick houses had rooms some seven feet square. Mixed in the debris were fragments of jars moulded 6,000 years before Christ. In graves lay remains of people not unlike modern man.

Most interesting find at Hassuna was a sickle made of flint chips set in bitumen, and still...

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