Helmut's database indeed indicates finds from Mons
Claudianus and other locations in Egypt. But as the
data is recent, it misses [you may want to complete it
Helmut!] the beautiful Nigella sativa seeds I have
identified from Tutankhamun's tomb. See my book
"Hidden Fields of Tutankhamun" where you will see a
full plate with SEM photographs. Please note that
these seeds are in Kew.
There is also another find of seeds from an unknown
Egyptian provenance in the Berlin Museum (see the
Codex for details.
I am currently updating the Codex so if I see anything
I will keep you informed.
Wishing you the best in your research,
Christian (de Vartavan)
--- "Andreas G. Heiss" <[log in to unmask]> a
> Dear all,
> Currently, three colleagues (Klaus Oeggl, Anton
> Weber, Susanne
> Sontag) and I are preparing a small work on the seed
> of the genus Nigella (sensu Zohary 1983, thus
> Garidella and Komaroffia). Testa structures are
> investigated via
> microtome cuttings and SEM imaging, and the results
> will be
> compared with modern (chemo-)taxonomical data. Other
> parts of the project will be a seed identification
> key, mainly
> for the archaeobotanical user, and a bibliography of
> achaeological Nigella finds in literature.
> The reason why I am now asking for your help is the
> fact that
> there are virtually no archaeobotanical finds of
> species in the literature, except for a few ones of
> N. sativa
> (as e.g. in the database by Helmut Kroll, and in the
> University of Tübingen DB).
> This seems a bit unusual for a genus of very common
> mainly growing in ruderal and segetal plant
> (and thus fostered by human activity), and some of
> species being of undeniable ethnobotanical
> Consequently there ought to be some additional finds
> there, be they unpublished, or maybe "Nigella sp."
> seeds of
> uncertain identification.
> We would greatly appreciate any information on these
> (especially "non-sativa") finds, and, in case of
> uncertainties concerning the identification, we
> happily assist with our current morphological data.
> Best regards, and thanks for any help
> Andreas Heiss
> Andreas G. Heiss, Mag.
> University of Innsbruck, Institute of Botany
> Sternwartestrasse 15, 6020 Innsbruck, AUSTRIA
> tel +43(512)507-5973, fax +43(1)8048053-9173
> www http://homepage.uibk.ac.at/~c717189/
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