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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Ancient Date Palm Resurrected

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An ancient date palm seed recovered during archaeological excavations at the site of Masada, King Herod's mountaintop palace and fortress (see previous posting), has begun to sprout. Touted as the "oldest tree seed ever sprouted", scientists hope that study of the plant will answer key questions about the legendary palm of ancient Judea. About 2,000 years ago, forests of these date palms characterized a lush Jordan Valley from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea. Read the Story


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