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Extinct tree grows anew from ancient jar of seeds unearthed by archaeologists

Extinct tree grows anew from ancient jar of seeds unearthed by archaeologists | Ancient Artifacts | Scoop.it

For thousands of years, Judean date palm trees were one of the most recognizable and welcome sights for people living in the Middle East -- widely cultivated throughout the region for their sweet fruit, and for the cool shade they offered from the blazing desert sun.

 

From its founding some 3,000 years ago, to the dawn of the Common Era, the trees became a staple crop in the Kingdom of Judea, even garnering several shout-outs in the Old Testament. Judean palm trees would come to serve as one of the kingdom's chief symbols of good fortune; King David named his daughter, Tamar, after the plant's name in Hebrew.

 

By the time the Roman Empire sought to usurp control of the kingdom in 70 AD, broad forests of these trees flourished as a staple crop to the Judean economy -- a fact that made them a prime resource for the invading army to destroy. Sadly, around the year 500 AD, the once plentiful palm had been completely wiped out, driven to extinction for the sake of conquest.

 

In the centuries that followed, first-hand knowledge of the tree slipped from memory to legend. Up until recently, that is.

 

During excavations at the site of Herod the Great's palace in Israel in the early 1960's, archeologists unearthed a small stockpile of seeds stowed in a clay jar dating back 2,000 years. For the next four decades, the ancient seeds were kept in a drawer at Tel Aviv's Bar-Ilan University. But then, in 2005, botanical researcher Elaine Solowey decided to plant one and see what, if anything, would sprout.

 

"I assumed the food in the seed would be no good after all that time. How could it be?" said Solowey. She was soon proven wrong.

Amazingly, the multi-millennial seed did indeed sprout -- producing a sapling no one had seen in centuries, becoming the oldest known tree seed to germinate.

 

Today, the living archeological treasure continues to grow and thrive; In 2011, it even produced its first flower -- a heartening sign that the ancient survivor was eager to reproduce. It has been proposed that the tree be cross-bred with closely related palm types, but it would likely take years for it to begin producing any of its famed fruits. Meanwhile, Solowey is working to revive other age-old trees from their long dormancy.


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Tutankhamun's Tomb First Entered On Nov. 26, 1922 (PHOTOS) - Huffington Post

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Tutankhamun's Tomb First Entered On Nov. 26, 1922 (PHOTOS)
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... Game Statue Discovered By Villagers In Piedra Labrada.
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this is intresting because it talks about the ancient remains and tomb of king tut because that is one of the most famous tombs in history

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'Gate to Hell' Guardians Found: Photos - Discovery News

'Gate to Hell' Guardians Found: Photos - Discovery News | Ancient Artifacts | Scoop.it
'Gate to Hell' Guardians Found: Photos Discovery News Little doubt remains that the site found in the ancient Phrygian city of Hierapolis, near Pamukkale in Turkey, is Pluto's Gate, or the "gate to Hell" -- a cave celebrated as the portal to the...
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This i was intrested by because i am very intrested in greek mythology and to be able to say that they might have discovered plutos cave and entrance to hell i found it cool

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The Joy of Sex (Greek and Roman style) - Huffington Post

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Huffington Post The Joy of Sex (Greek and Roman style) Huffington Post But they have also left a plethora of sexually explicit imagery--statues with erect penises, bestiality as garden sculpture, and drinking vessels, oil lamps and wall paintings...
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i found this article intresting because its showing the images of greek and roman beliefs in sex and how much they practiced it

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10 Stunning Ancient Reliefs and Stone Carvings - Listverse

10 Stunning Ancient Reliefs and Stone Carvings - Listverse | Ancient Artifacts | Scoop.it
From the most ancient rock art and stone carvings to the gloriously refined sculptures we can produce today, our art continues to be a reflection of society (10 Stunning Ancient Reliefs and Stone Carvings - from Listverse
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i really liked this page because it discused the ancient stone carvings and i found some of the carvings intresting because of the artwork and design

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Orantes: Ancient Statues from South Italy | Bostoniano.info

Orantes: Ancient Statues from South Italy | Bostoniano.info | Ancient Artifacts | Scoop.it
These rare statues of women in various gestures of praying or mourning were discovered arranged in small groups of four to six in ancient burial chambers in Southern Italy. Less than 100 in existence world-wide (only 9 in the ...
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i found this statue intresting because like the article states there arent many women statues and its a rare sight

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7 Most Mysterious Places In The World - Huffington Post

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7 Most Mysterious Places In The World Huffington Post Not only were the people, or the Rapa Nui, living in this remote island, they built these 887 giant Moai rock statues, the lightest weighing 86 tons, and were able to move them around from...
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i found this one intresting because its mesterious and made me think what and who made all these mysterious figueres

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Ancient 'Strip Mall' Unearthed In Greece - Huffington Post

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Bathing Children Find Ancient Buddha Statues. Children found six ancient Buddha statues which are believed to be around 1,000 years old while bathing in a newly dug pond in Khleng Por.
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its cool how lives in ancient times are'nt that much diffrent from our modern lives today just like there was malls back then we have malls today also

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As ancient as the hills? Digging into Jordan's rubble exposes Alexander the ... - Al-Bawaba

As ancient as the hills? Digging into Jordan's rubble exposes Alexander the ... - Al-Bawaba | Ancient Artifacts | Scoop.it
As ancient as the hills? Digging into Jordan's rubble exposes Alexander the ...
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Egypt exhibits artefacts that survived uprising - BBC News

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Nearly 30 ancient Egyptian artefacts that narrowly survived the Arab Spring uprising in Cairo in 2011 have gone on display in the city.
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I liked this article because it shows how these artifacts are survivors of two things time and and uprising in egypt

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The statues of ancient Buddahs of the East depected him as having wolly hair is always shown in corn rows, or in a pepper corn style with small tight curls. Original statues of Buddha clearly show him to be Africoid, with the wide nose, thick lips and frizzy, nappy, hair which are distinctive Negro characteristics. In most ancient temples throughout Asia where he is still worshipped, he is shown as jet Black. In fact, in most of the ancient temples of Asia and India, statues of the gods and goddesses have Africoid features with woolly hair in the pepper corn style, while some even have dreadlocks. These pictures of Buddha portray him in no uncertain terms as a Negro with kinky, coiled hair, a flat nose and full lips #truth #knowledge #defacto #blackpeoplewereherefirst
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History and Archaeology news – Five heads of ancient royal statues ...

History and Archaeology news – Five heads of ancient royal statues ... | Ancient Artifacts | Scoop.it
(ahramonline) New discoveries emerge from the sands near Luxor — ancient statue heads that could date to the Middle Kingdom. The French Egyptian Mission working in Armant Temple, located 25 kilometres south of the ...
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i found this intresting because it shows how they discovered ancient royal sttatues heads near egyptian monument

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Historic statues stolen from Godinton House garden - Telegraph.co.uk

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Two historic lead statues worth £30,000 have been stolen from the garden at Godinton House in Kent, triggering fears they will be melted down and sold as scrap.
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this artilce ws funny because i dont know how people can go into a garden and steal old time statues worth 30,000 euros

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Ninth-century Buddha statues stolen in Adelaide Hills break-in - ABC Online

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The home owner later discovered two ancient Buddha statues were gone. Police said they were valued at up to $1 million each and found during excavation in Borneo.
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I found this article intesting because who would want to steal buddah statues another thing i liked where the images portraying buddah as a fit god when i mostly see him as a jolly giant

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Beijing's 'Forbidden City' Built Using Ice Roads, Ancient Documents Reveal - Huffington Post

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Beijing's 'Forbidden City' Built Using Ice Roads, Ancient Documents Reveal
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Bathing Children Find Ancient Buddha Statues.
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although this article isnt abohut the ancient world i found it intresting because it talks about the size of stones and how ice roads where used to creat giant statues in ancient city of bejing

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Roman eagle rises again in London after 2000 years - The Independent

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Archaeologists in London have discovered the finest Romano-British sculpture ever unearthed in the capital.
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i found this statue intresting because of the detail and craftmanship of the roman empire and its such a intresting figure

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Egypt's stolen heritage - Washington Post

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14 attack on the Malawi National Museum, in Minya, more than 1,000 items were taken: statues more than 3,500 years old; jewelry from the time of the ancient Pharaohs; Greco-Roman gold coins.
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i found this article intresting because its  basicly stealing from egypt in my opinion  because its their history and its being taken away form them

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World's only surviving Bronze Age metropolis Mohenjodaro could be lost forever ... - Daily Mail

World's only surviving Bronze Age metropolis Mohenjodaro could be lost forever ... - Daily Mail | Ancient Artifacts | Scoop.it
World's only surviving Bronze Age metropolis Mohenjodaro could be lost forever ...
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its sad how a city with such rich history is being neglected and left to fall to ruins but the government

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Extinct tree grows anew from ancient jar of seeds unearthed by archaeologists

Extinct tree grows anew from ancient jar of seeds unearthed by archaeologists | Ancient Artifacts | Scoop.it

For thousands of years, Judean date palm trees were one of the most recognizable and welcome sights for people living in the Middle East -- widely cultivated throughout the region for their sweet fruit, and for the cool shade they offered from the blazing desert sun.

 

From its founding some 3,000 years ago, to the dawn of the Common Era, the trees became a staple crop in the Kingdom of Judea, even garnering several shout-outs in the Old Testament. Judean palm trees would come to serve as one of the kingdom's chief symbols of good fortune; King David named his daughter, Tamar, after the plant's name in Hebrew.

 

By the time the Roman Empire sought to usurp control of the kingdom in 70 AD, broad forests of these trees flourished as a staple crop to the Judean economy -- a fact that made them a prime resource for the invading army to destroy. Sadly, around the year 500 AD, the once plentiful palm had been completely wiped out, driven to extinction for the sake of conquest.

 

In the centuries that followed, first-hand knowledge of the tree slipped from memory to legend. Up until recently, that is.

 

During excavations at the site of Herod the Great's palace in Israel in the early 1960's, archeologists unearthed a small stockpile of seeds stowed in a clay jar dating back 2,000 years. For the next four decades, the ancient seeds were kept in a drawer at Tel Aviv's Bar-Ilan University. But then, in 2005, botanical researcher Elaine Solowey decided to plant one and see what, if anything, would sprout.

 

"I assumed the food in the seed would be no good after all that time. How could it be?" said Solowey. She was soon proven wrong.

Amazingly, the multi-millennial seed did indeed sprout -- producing a sapling no one had seen in centuries, becoming the oldest known tree seed to germinate.

 

Today, the living archeological treasure continues to grow and thrive; In 2011, it even produced its first flower -- a heartening sign that the ancient survivor was eager to reproduce. It has been proposed that the tree be cross-bred with closely related palm types, but it would likely take years for it to begin producing any of its famed fruits. Meanwhile, Solowey is working to revive other age-old trees from their long dormancy.


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i found this article intresting because an ancient tree that was suppposed to be extinct for many years came back to life and could lead to cultivating more of these trees and not be exctinct

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Ancient Bow, Arrows Exposed By Melting Snow In Norway - Huffington Post

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Bathing Children Find Ancient Buddha Statues.
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I think its cool how these artifacts are well preserved beven after 5700 years in the snow

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Ultraviolet light reveals how ancient Greek statues really looked | io9

Ultraviolet light reveals how ancient Greek statues really looked | io9 | Ancient Artifacts | Scoop.it

Original Greek statues were brightly painted, but after thousands of years, those paints have worn away. Find out how shining a light on the statues can be all that's required to see them as they were thousands of years ago.

 

Although it seems impossible to think that anything could be left to discover after thousands of years of wind, sun, sand, and art students, finding the long lost patterns on a piece of ancient Greek sculpture can be as easy as shining a lamp on it. A technique called ‘raking light' has been used to analyze art for a long time. A lamp is positioned carefully enough that the path of the light is almost parallel to the surface of the object. When used on paintings, this makes brushstrokes, grit, and dust obvious. On statues, the effect is more subtle. Brush-strokes are impossible to see, but because different paints wear off at different rates, the stone is raised in some places – protected from erosion by its cap of paint – and lowered in others.

 

Ultraviolet is also used to discern patterns. UV light makes many organic compounds fluoresce. Art dealers use UV lights to check if art has been touched up, since older paints have a lot of organic compounds and modern paints have relatively little. On ancient Greek statues, tiny fragments of pigment still left on the surface glow bright, illuminating more detailed patterns.

 

Once the pattern is mapped, there is still the problem of figuring out which paint colors to use. A series of dark blues will create a very different effect than gold and pink. Even if enough pigment is left over so that the naked eye can make out a color, a few thousand years can really change a statue's complexion. There's no reason to think that color seen today would be anything like the hues the statues were originally painted.

 

There is a way around this dilemma. The colors may fade over time, but the original materials – plant and animal-derived pigments, crushed stones or shells – still look the same today as they did thousands of years ago. This can also be discovered using light.

 

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This new technology could reveal the true colors of statues,and make you belive how wiered the bright colors looked on statues

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