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Maiden Castle (Dorchester)



Well, this has to be one of the stranger things I've read about an ancient site.
A dentist living at Dorchester (Dorset) of the name of Maclean, anxious to prosecute some scientific inquiries bearing upon his profession as a dentist, obtained permission to open a barrow in the neighbourhood of that ancient town [at or near to] Maiden Castle; in which he found, at the depth of thirty feet below the surface, not only the teeth of ancient Britons, the chief object of his search, but he also discovered, lying in what seemed to be the cavity of the abdomen of a skeleton, a quantity of a substance, which turned out upon investigation to be the seeds of raspberries. Some of these seeds were planted in a pot, and placed under the care of Mr. Hartwig, then employed in the gardens at Chiswick. Four of these seeds germinated, and plants were preserved and grown therefrom, and which we are told are still living in those gardens.
This correspondence goes on for several pages, with testaments to the complete reliability of the persons mentioned. You've still got to wonder, really. Yet you hear about other 1000+ year old seeds germinating..

From Notes and Queries, December 4th 1852.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
21st September 2006ce
Edited 21st September 2006ce

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