Archeologists Shocked When 800-Year-Old Clay Pot Filled With Old Seeds Produces Huge Squash

Archaeologists at a dig on the First Nation’s Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin found a small clay pot buried in the ground. The pot — which researchers determined to be nearly 800 years old —was a significant find itself, but what archaeologists found inside is the real story.

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The tiny clay pot as they found it, on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin.

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The seeds found inside the pot; experts believed this to be a common method for storing food.

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After a group of students in Winnipeg tried planting the seeds, they were shocked to see that they actually grew into squash!

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Not just any squash either. Named  “Gete-okosomin,” this variety of squash was thought to go extinct centuries ago!

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“Gete-okosomin,” is an appropriate name for this type of squash, as it means “Big Old Squash,” or “Really Cool Old Squash,” in the Menominee language.

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Though we’re not sure how the squash actually tastes, it’s quite remarkable that such old seeds could be preserved in such a way, and still be usable all these years later!

h/t LittleThings.com

Chris Foster

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