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Ancient cultivated rice grains found in Japan

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11 ancient grains of rice which date back to between 2,600 and 2,400 years ago have been found in Japan.

The rice grains, which were first excavated in November, were brown and about four millimeters in length. The rice did not have husks. The grains are believed to have been so well-preserved because they were sealed in mud with high water content and were not exposed to air. It is rare to discover rice from the Yayoi period that has not undergone carbonization, according to Inamura.

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Story: Andina | Photo: Nara Prefectural Archaeological Institure of Kashihara

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