3500 years old olive seeds
Untill now, there was very little known about the bronze age in the north of Dalmatia, archaeologists from city of Zadar discovered many evidences of vital communities from the bronze age and among them were 3500 years old olive seeds which tell a storie of the ancient olive growing traditions.
The findings were located on the bottom of the sea so many of them were in much better condition than they would have been if they were found on the land. Findings were analysed at the University of Zadar where many new realisations were made about the nutrition, food perservation and way of life in the distant past , in addition we finaly had evidence of olive growing at that time. It was also concluded that these discoveries proved a very healthy tradition of eating and producing high quality food. Thankfully with the suport of Croatian Ministry of Culture and the Saint Filip Jakov county the 5th expedition is already on its way to find out even more about Croatias history.
Furthere more there are archaeologists discovering new objects on the island of Ričula and its surounding underwater areas where the olive seeds were found stuck in parts of old walls flooded long time ago. At first only one was found and the standard for making an age analysis requires atleast 40 seeds, but luckily later hunderds were discovered along with many cherrry seeds bones of many farm animals like goats, sheep, and many kinds of grain which show that their food intake was diverse. After their age was known the seeds were transfered to The Agricultural university in Zagreb which will determine to which sort they belong.
The exploration of Adriatic sea continues to bring more new information and amazing discoveries.