Searching For Crops Long Forgotten

Phalaris Caroliniana or commonly known as maygrass is hidden among the cornfields of southeastern Arkansas. Maygrass was once a domesticated crop of indigenous people.
Photo Courtesy of Natalie Mueller

Over 2000 years ago many indigenous people living in North America were skilled at breeding and domesticating crops, such as the squash and sunflower we’re familiar with today. continue to Wisconsin Public Radio →

By Natalie Guyette
Air Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 3:15pm; Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 5:15pm

Hunting for the ancient lost farms of North America

At Ash Cave in Ohio, archaeologists discovered an enormous cache of seeds from lost crops, including domesticated native goosefoot (similar to quinoa). These seeds were so far from their wild habitats that they had clearly been domesticated.

Adventurers and archaeologists have spent centuries searching for lost cities in the Americas. But over the past decade, they’ve started finding something else: lost farms. Over 2,000 years ago in North America, indigenous people domesticated plants that are now part of our everyday diets, such as squashes and sunflowers. continue reading →