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After 2,000 Years, These Seeds Have Finally Sprouted

After 2,000 Years, These Seeds Have Finally Sprouted

Zhang, S. (2020, February 5). After 2,000 Years, These Seeds Have Finally Sprouted. The Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/02/how-to-grow-a-date-tree-from-2000-year-old-seeds/606079/

Six date seeds as old as the Dead Sea Scrolls are now flourishing as trees on a kibbutz. Their names are Adam, Jonah, Uriel, Boaz, Judith, and Hannah. They are date-palm trees, and although they were all planted in recent years, the seeds from which they germinated all came from ancient archaeological sites. These seeds, according to radiocarbon dating, were about 2,000 years old. They had waited two millennia to sprout. To continue reading, follow the link above.