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Ancient seeds found in southern Türkiye

by Hamza Ahmad
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The seeds of grapes, lentils, broad beans, peas, wheat, and barley have been found during archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Misis in the southern province of Adana’s Yüreğir district.

Excavations have been carried out under the Presidency of Adana Archeology Museum since 2012 in Misis by Italian and Turkish experts under the scientific consultancy of Anna Lucia D’Agata of the Rome International Research Institute and Giovanni Salmeri of the University of Pisa. The seeds unearthed by the team are considered to be 3,000 years old and are being studied at the Misis Mound Excavation House.

Yüreğir Mayor Fatih Mehmet Kocaispir, who visited the excavation area, said, “Misis is one of the most important locations in the history of Türkiye. Excavations are carried out in the areas around Misis Mound and Misis Bridge with the assistance of the municipality. In these excavations, we obtained very important archaeological finds.”

Stating that this is a place where life has continued uninterruptedly for 8,000 years, the mayor said, “Grape seeds dating back 3,000 years have been found. Of course, these grape seeds are an important find that shows that grape trade and planting were carried out here 3,000 years ago, even though they were relatively carbonized and have lost their quality. The seeds of lentils, broad beans, peas, wheat, and barley seeds were found too, which makes us very excited.”


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