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Pomegranate seeds found in ancient tomb

More than 100 pomegranate seeds dating back 2,000 years have been found in an ancient tomb in China. According to the regional institute of archaeology, the discovery was made during the excavation of a civilian tomb, dating between the middle and late Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.- 25 A.D.) and early

2.5-million-year-old peach pits found in China

Fossilized wild peach pits dating back more than 2.5 million years have been unearthed during road construction in southwest China. Scientists have found eight well-preserved fossilized peach endocarps, or pits, in southwest China dating back more than two and a half million years. Despite their age, the fossils appear nearly identical

Neolithic seeds found in Israel

Seeds from lentils, peas, chickpeas and fava beans have been found at sites in Israel, shedding light on the crops of the areas first farmers. The multitude of fava seeds found at the Neolithic sites excavated in the Galilee during the past few years indicates the preference placed on growing fava

Railway construction in Israel unearths ancient settlements

Archaeological surveys performed ahead of the construction of a new railway line in Israel have uncovered two settlements complete with arrowheads, stone axes, and broad bean seeds. According to Dr. Yitzhak Paz and Dr. Ya?akov Vardi, excavation directors on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, “For the first time in the

Roman grape seeds found in Chianti region of Italy

150 Roman grape seeds which date back to the first century A.D. have been found in a well in Italy. The tiny grape seeds, unearthed during a dig this past summer in Cetamura del Chianti, were discovered in a well and are probably from about the 1st century A.D., roughly about

23-million-year old insects found in Peru

The remains of ancient insects and seeds have been found, trapped in amber, in Peru. "These new discoveries are very important, because the insects and sunflower seeds confirm the type of climate that existed during the Miocene period," Honninger said in a telephone interview from the northern city of Chiclayo. The paleontologists

3,000-year-old fruit cellar unearthed in China

A 3,000-year-old cellar used for preserving fruit has been unearthed in China. The cellar, a rectangular pit about 100 cm long, 80 cm wide and 200 cm deep, was found in Shaanxi province, said researcher Sun Zhouyong of the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archeology. Sun and his colleagues took 8

Lotus plant grown from 700-year-old seed

A Lotus plant has been grown from a 700-year-old seeds which dates back to the Goryeo Dynasty in Korea. The flower has been grown from one of the 10 lotus seeds discovered during an excavation of an ancient castle last year. Scientists at the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral