An ancient garden on the outskirts of Jerusalem yields a fascinating find about what was growing 2,500 years ago.
|An aerial view of the ancient garden site|
Based on the intricate network of pools and irrigation channels, the researchers concluded that the 2,500-year-old site was home to an ancient and splendid royal garden. Since then they have been trying to figure out what was planted and growing in the garden.
The problem is that trees and plants don’t live through centuries. If pollen was preserved at the site, there just may be clues to what kinds of assemblages of trees and plants were present in this garden. But an early look at the pollen trapped in ground sediments proved to be futile. The pollen was oxidized and could not be studied. -- Isarael Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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