Archaeologists and gardeners have one thing in common: they both spend a lot of time digging in the dirt. But that’s where their similarities usually end… until now.
Recently, a team of archaeologists in Wisconsin discovered an artifact from centuries ago, and what they found inside it is something they never thought possible.
Archaeologists discovered this 800-year-old pot buried on a Menominee Indian reservation.
When they opened the pot, they discovered dozens of seeds from a species of squash thought to be long extinct.
Seven years after discovering these seeds, local students decided to plant them and see if they still yielded crops. Can you imagine their shock when something actually grew?
They named the plant “Gete-okosomi,” a Menominee word for “big old squash.”
Now, they are working hard to cultivate the squash so that we don’t lose its legacy again.
What a great reminder of the power of plants.
It’s amazing that those seeds actually produced fruit.
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