3,800 Year Old Potato Garden Discovered in Canada

A 3,800-year-old underwater garden with hundreds of blackened potatoes has been discovered in Canada, providing first evidence that ancient North American hunter-gatherers used sophisticated techniques to efficiently grow the crop. Archaeologists led by Tanja Hoffmann of Simon Fraser University in Canada uncovered the garden during a roadwork. The site had been waterlogged for centuries, resulting in good preservation of plants and wooden tools that would have normally disintegrated over time. Researchers counted 3,767 whole and fragmented wapato plants (Sagittaria latifolia), also known as Indian potatoes. The chestnut-sized roots had long been important to indigenous people and they are mentioned...

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