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Jerusalem Dig - Earliest Evidence of Local Cultivation of Etrogs

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 03:00 AM

Published 01:48 02.02.12
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Jerusalem Dig Uncovers Earliest Evidence of Local Cultivation of Etrogs

Pollen reveals ancient palace grew the citrus in its garden.

By Zafrir Rinat

"The earliest evidence of local cultivation of three of the Sukkot holiday's traditional "four species" has been found at the most ancient royal royal garden ever discovered in Israel.

The garden, at Kibbutz Ramat Rachel in Jerusalem, gave up its secrets through remnants of pollen found in the plaster of its walls.

The garden was part of an Israelite palace at Ramat Rachel that has been excavated for many years, most recently in a joint dig by Prof. Oded Lipschits and Dr. Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University and Prof. Manfred Oeming of Heidelberg University. The palace existed from the time of King Hezekiah until the Hasmonean period in the second century B.C.E."

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