Vine Seeds Discovered from the Byzantine Period

Humanities/Social Sciences

Prof. Guy Bar-Oz, Dr. Lior Weissbrod, Dr. Tali Erikson-Gini
Haifa University

This research group was the first to find vine seeds from the Negev of the Byzantine period (about 1,500 years ago). The finding was an achievement of an archeological dig among the waste mounds of the town of Halutza, located in the Holot Halutza National Park. The dig involved advanced soil-screening methods aimed at locating the seeds. This discovery will make possible a genetic study of the seeds’ ability to survive in the desert climate, and in the future such abilities may even be added to present-day vine seeds.