780,00 Year old BBQ? Archaeology and Humans on Fire

When ancient humans first used fire to cook food

There’s no doubt that fire is one of the oldest and most fundamental tools that have humans have evolved to use. Fire made food easier to digest and safer to eat. It kept us warm at night, kept predators at bay, and gave us light when the sun was down. And most important of all – it gave us BBQ.

Recently, archaeologists from Tel Aviv University’s Steinhardt Museum of Natural History published a study based on the remains of fish teeth altered by high temperatures found by cooking with fire. Before this, use of fire by ancient humans was dated back to around 170,00 years ago. But with this new study, that has been pushed back to 780,000 years ago

Now, I invite you to speculate with me on an ancient scenario. We have fire. We have fish. The fish and the fire get combined, and we get delicious food. Then, someone with a talent and a “hunger” to take burned fish to the next level starts to play around, and gets good at cooking that fish juuuuuuust right. Bam! You have BBQ, stone age style.

In today’s video I am going to demonstrate how to create a fire and make some BBQ, just like they did in the olden days. Sit back, relax, and whet your appetite, because we are going to feast using the ancient technology of fire!

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