BAR 30:06, Nov/Dec 2004
Weeds & Seeds
What Archaeobotany Can Teach Us
No, think minute!
Think something seemingly unimportant, but invaluable.
Think seeds and weeds and grainsgrown over 2,500 years ago.
Our story takes place in the late seventh century B.C.E. in the thriving Philistine city of Ashkelon, on what is now the Mediterranean coast of Israel. In 604 B.C.E., Ashkelon was utterly destroyed by Nebuchadrezzar (or Nebuchadnezzar), the Babylonian leader who later destroyed Jerusalem and Solomons Temple in 586 B.C.E.