• Oldest Evidence of Aquaculture Dating Back 3,500 Years Found in the Eastern Mediterranean

    sea breamThe teeth of the gilthead seabream revealed the secret: ancient aquaculture took place in our region as long as 3,500 years ago. This finding emerges from a new study undertaken by the University, Oranim Academic College, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, and German researchers from the Universities of Mainz and Göttingen. According to the study, which was published in the prestigious journal Nature Scientific Reports, aquaculture was pursued in the Mediterranean Sea, constituting the earliest empirical evidence today anywhere in the world. “According to the new findings, together with archeological findings from the Late Bronze and Iron Age (the Biblical period), we find that Egypt became a superpower in aquaculture, exporting fish to the north – including to the Israelite and Canaanite cities,” explains Prof. Guy Bar-Oz of the, one of the authors of the study.

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