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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Seeds – Blackberry

June 27, 2016

Blackberry SeedSeeds are recovered through flotation, although charred, ancient seeds are still identifiable by comparison to modern seeds. Fruits included blackberries, cherries, blueberries, grape and sumac. Greens were harvested from wild plants, and goosefoot may have been grown for both greens and seeds.  Pictured is a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) photograph of a blackberry seed recovered from an archaeological site. Although charred, the seed’s distinctive features remain so that the seed can be identified.