Washington, Aug 24 (ANI): If you thought the early locals ate only roots and berries for dinner, you may quite well be wrong. They dined quite lavishly too, according to findings of a new excavation in Utah.
Brigham Young University archaeologists found that locals occupying the North Creek Shelter in the southern half of Utah ate mush cooked from the flour of milled sage brush seeds.
BYU anthropologist Joel Janetski and his former students also found the stone tools used to grind sage, salt bush and grass seeds into flour.
"Ten thousand years ago, there was a change in the technology with grinding stones appearing for the first time. People started to use these tools to process small seeds into flour," Janetski said.
The site was occupied on and off for the past 11,000 years.
However, before the appearance of grinding stones, the menu contained duck, beaver and turkey. Sheep joined the menu later, but deer was a staple at all times.
The study is published in the upcoming issue of the journal Kiva. (ANI)