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2009-07-01 09:04:55

U.S. anthropologists say recent excavations in Jordan have provided evidence of the world's oldest known granaries. University of Notre Dame Associate Professor Ian Kuijt said the appearance of the granaries represents a critical evolutionary shift in the relationship between people and plant foods. Kuijt and Bill Finlayson, director of the Council for British Research in the Levant, describe recent excavations at Dhra' near the Dead Sea in Jordan that provide evidence of granaries that...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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