Kebabs, or skewered chunks of meat held over a fire or grill, have been around about as long as civilization. An excavation of a settlement in Crete uncovered stones around a fire pit that were put there to help support the skewers. The ruins were dated to the Bronze Age, which lasted from 3300 to 1200 B.C. Kebabs, which seem to have originated in the vicinity of the Middle East, are a practical way to cook meat thoroughly when wood and other cooking fuels are hard to find. You can cook virtually any kind of meat or vegetable as a kebab, and this fun, simple style of cooking has become incorporated into summer grilling around the world.