4,000-year-old lentil seed successfully germinated

Published on December 17th, 2009 | by Admin


A 4,000-year-old lentil seed found during an excavation in Turkey has sprouted.

Bilgen said a layer from the container in which they found the seeds was determined to be from the middle bronze age.

He said his team found many seeds, but most had been burnt, adding that they had failed to make the others turn green before the recent success. The excavation team believes they found a silo because there were many other containers around.

“A seed dug from underground and dating back approximately 4,000 years sprouted. The plant that came out of this seed is under examination and will be presented to the scientific community [so they can] make various analyses over it,” Bilgen said.

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