Evidence of hominin control of fire at Gesher Benot Ya'aqov, Israel

Science. 2004 Apr 30;304(5671):725-7. doi: 10.1126/science.1095443.


The presence of burned seeds, wood, and flint at the Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov in Israel is suggestive of the control of fire by humans nearly 790,000 years ago. The distribution of the site's small burned flint fragments suggests that burning occurred in specific spots, possibly indicating hearth locations. Wood of six taxa was burned at the site, at least three of which are edible--live, wild barley, and wild grape.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Archaeology*
  • Edible Grain
  • Fires*
  • Fraxinus
  • Fruit
  • Geologic Sediments
  • Hominidae*
  • Humans
  • Israel
  • Olea
  • Poaceae
  • Seeds
  • Wood