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The farmlands southeast of Hornborgasjön has been known as Falan or Falbygden since ancient times (meaning something along the lines of "back country fit for grazing"). It has some of the earliest traces of Neolithic habitation in what is today Sweden. It is also the location of the first proto-Swedish culture to adopt animal husbandry rather than crop farming as its primary source of sustenance. DNA-finds have been made which suggests that the genetic mutation allowing Northern Europeans to drink unprocessed bovine milk had one early hotspot here, though the origin of the mutation has been suggested as being in the plains of Hungary.

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