A 4,000-year-old lentil seed found during an archeological excavation in Kütahya Province, Turkey has sprouted after being planted. Project leader Professor Nejat Bilgen of the Dumlupinar University said the seed found last year was determined to be from the Middle Bronze Age.
Perhaps the same variety Jacob stewed into a “bowl of pottage” to gain Esau’s birthright in Genesis 25:34, the germinating lentil is a priceless find because it’s old enough that its genes were never modified. The original specimen provides an opportunity to see what lentils were like during ancient eras, and gives scientists a host of useful data for comparing organic and genetically engineered plants.
“Barley, lentil, wheat– all of these originated in Anatolia,” said Nukhet Bingöl, an assistant professor from the same department. “That is why finding this seed was not a surprise for us, but finding it alive was. [Finding it alive] was caused by the structure of the [container’s] mold. A fire broke the mold and it collapsed so some of the seeds were able to stay alive,” she said.
Bingöl said she planted the seed three months ago before it finally germinated. Though excited, she admits that “scientifically, we are still at the beginning because the seed still needs to be studied.”
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