It may not always be the ultra-hip thing to admit, but science is so cool sometimes.
Take, for instance, what happened when scientists dug up an 850-years-old clay pot (per carbon dating).
This Pot Was Found To Be Eight Centuries Old!
A few years ago during an archaeological dig on the Menominee Reservation near Green Bay, Wisconsin, scientists discovered the pot which belonged to the indigenous people of the area.
As remarkable as that finding is in itself, there was more once they looked inside.
These Seeds Were Preserved Inside The Clay Pot
The archaeologists found preserved seeds.
“There was an archaeological dig on First Nations (Native) land in Wisconsin, and they found a clay vessel about the size of a tennis ball, and in that vessel they found seeds,” Brian Etkin, the Curriculum Consultant of the Garden of Learning, told APTN News.
These Weren’t Ordinary Seeds…
The seeds were from an ancient squash variety that was planted by Native Americans. That particular squash is now extinct.
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A group of Canadian students were sent the seeds and decided to plant them.
Given the differences in soil and climate and the fact the seeds are over eight centuries old, no one could have expected what happened a short while later.
Somehow, to everyone involved in the project’s amazement, the seeds thrived in present-day agricultural conditions.
The squash that was once extinct but had been rejuvenated was given the name “Gete-okosomin,” an Anishinaabe word for “really cool old squash.”
Anishinaabe is “the autonym for a group of culturally related indigenous peoples of Canada and the United States that include the Odawa, Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Oji-Cree, Mississaugas, and Algonquin peoples.”
The Geto-Okosomin Squash Is Back After Being Extinct For Hundreds Of Years
“By July the vines were more than 25 feet long. … By the time we were done we had two dozen (squash). The largest was 3 feet long, 18 pounds,” said Susan Menzel of Chicago’s American Indian Center.
That’s A Lot Of Squash!
The students reportedly feasted on these massively elongated orange squash while celebrating their prized harvest in September 2015.
What A Fulfilling Feeling It Had To Be!
The students, based in Winnipeg, didn’t plant all of the seeds and sent the ancient seeds that remained to Winona LaDuke. LaDuke is an advocate of food independence, including heritage seeds, for indigenous people in North America.
LaDuke hopes with the help of other Native peoples that they will be able to sustain the revival of the Gete-okosomin.
“This squash is representative of a tribe of a large community and everybody in that community having a place and food being a right on citizenship,” said Etkin.
Go Ahead And Admit It – Science Is Cool!