Ramat Rahel’s Garden

Science Daily has a story of the recovery of fossilized pollen from layers of plaster in a water system at Ramat Rahel. Here is something to whet your appetite for the whole story.

According to Prof. Oded Lipschits, Dr. Yuval Gadot, and Dr. Dafna Langgut, the garden featured the expected local vegetation such as common fig and grapevine, but also included a bevy of exotic plants such as citron and Persian walnut trees. The citron, which apparently emigrated from India via Persia, made its first appearance in the modern-day Middle East in Ramat Rahel’s royal garden.

Interesting stuff.