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Settlements have known to exist in the area since before 6000 BC, as there is substantiation that has been found that dates back to this age. The age-old patterns of nomadic hunter-gatherer life were transformed by pastoralism, and some nomadic sheepherders, instead of herding their animals long distances, began to experiment with growing wild grasses, which led to cultivating wheat, flax, barley, shallots, watercress, vegetables, and herbs.

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