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The myth of lost civilization

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Barley was one of the oldest crops in the island. Seeds and storage vessels have been found in the excavation of Akrotiri. Up until after the war, most of the people fed on barley bread or barley bread rolls, that had been kneaded and cooked every month due to lack in fire wood and use of vine branches and fig wood.
Straw was the basic food for mules and donkeys. At present day, barley is used for animal food production and only a small part is threshed.