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So what was the first barbecue?

So what was the first barbecue?
 


It’s the question we’ve pondered a lot. In fact, Steven just spent two weeks in the Lot and Dordogne regions in southwest France researching the early use of fire. Just when our ancestors first used fire to cook food is hotly debated. Some archeologists put it as early as 1.8 million years ago; others between 400,000 and 250,000 B.C. One thing is for sure: fossil evidence in the form of fire charred bones and charcoal blackened hearths put paleolithic barbecue country in the heart of the Dordogne. Here’s Steven with with a sculpture of one of the region’s early hunters. (Holding a wild boar on his back).

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