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ASI collaborates with U of T’s Dr Gary Crawford to identify domesticated 3,000-year-old quinoa seeds in Ontario

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ASI staff Jessica Lytle, Robert Wojtowicz, and ASI Founder Dr. Ron Williamson co-authored a paper with Dr. Gary Crawford of University of Toronto analyzing over 140,000 charred seeds discovered at a site in Brantford, Ontario in 2010.

Quote: “Indigenous peoples at the time exchanged certain kinds of minerals and finished stone objects over long distances, but this is the first evidence of a crop circulating in this exchange system. What meaning this plant had for local Indigenous people nearly 3,000 years ago still is not clear.”

This exciting find is gaining widespread interest, getting picked up by the UToronto News, Phys.org and Science News among others. Well done to all of the researchers who made this important discovery!

 


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