They Found An 800-Year-Old Pot Filled With Old Seeds. See What Grew When They Planted Them!

A few years ago, 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.

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

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

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

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

“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.

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!


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Gustav Wilhelm was born and raised on the fishing vessel, the Plucky Pinniped. Like his parents, Gustav spent much of his life at sea, reading a weathered copy of A Farewell to Arms, curating his magnificent beard, and as one might expect, fishing. After a particularly violent ocean storm left Gustav marooned on a deserted island, he befriended a pair of penguin chicks – Sidney and Evgeni – who took up residence in his luscious beard. Adapting to his new terrestrial life, Gustav took up blogging with hope of one day returning to the sea.