Location: Syria         Length: 27 min

The discovery of stone blades at Bronze Age sites in Syria and elsewhere in the Fertile Crescent began an archaeological detective story that has led to a remarkable conclusion: the threshing sledge, once thought to be only several hundred years old, was in full use 5,000 years ago and probably much earlier. This film shows how archaeological remains, experimental research and analysis of cuneiform documents together pointed to this conclusion. Knowledge of this ancient instrument promotes understanding of an ecologically balanced agricultural system.

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Produced by Patricia C. Anderson and Philippe Aigouy

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