2,800-year-old seeds found in ancient Armenian fortress to be resurrected
2,800-year-old wheat and sesame seeds found in an excavation in an ancient castle in Turkey's eastern Van province are to be brought back to life.
Cavustepe Castle, built in the 8th century B.C. by Urartian King Sarduri II and has survived along with cisterns, city walls, temples and palace structures, is located in the Gulpinar district, 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) away from the city center.
"Three cereal storages were found during the excavations in the castle," Cavusoglu told Anadolu Agency. "The castle is on the trade route through northwestern Iran, thus the findings may reveal some important information about the trade at that time."
Cavusoglu said the cereals cultivated from Gurpinar used to be preserved in these storages in the castle.
"The ceramic containers in which the cereals were stored are called 'pithos'. Most of the harvests used to be kept in these containers," Cavusogle informed.
"We packed the wheat and sesame in due care. We will analyze these seeds in laboratories. If the seed had become carbonized by itself, the possibility to regenerate it is quite high. However, if it is because of a fire, we have less chance to revive them."
Author: Mesut Varol | Source: Anadolu Agency [September 03, 2016]