New World Cultivation of Crops

Based on the findings of Bruce Smith, from National Museum of Natural History, washington, DC, USA. Smith’s findings were that the New World may have cultivated and domesticated squashes (genus Cucurbia) which includes, pumpkins and summer squash. Radiocarbon dating to 6000 BCE – 8000 BCE. This Finding places crops of squash to be at least 3000 years before Maize (a type of Corn) Cultivation.

      6000 BCE – 8000 BCE
      Bruce Smith
      National Museum of Natural History

Additional Information:

  • National Museum of Natural History
    Official website
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