Dear Mark, Jennifer and Angela,
Thank you so much for your help!
P. somniferum was the species that we also thought most likely when looking at our reference collection, but dared not quite believe it due to the northern location and old age of the context. Exciting!
If any of you have some literature references on Papaver somniferum finds in northern Europe, I will appreciate it very much.
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Emne: Papaver seeds
I wonder whether these seeds of Papaver may be identified to species level? They are found in the floor layer of a Bronze age house near Tromsö, Northern Norway (69 degrees North). Hopefully the quality of the photoes is good enough to see the pattern of more or less rectangular stripes (ribs) within the cells. I am very grateful to you for help with the identification. The size of the seeds is 1-1,3 mm.
Assoc. prof. in botany
University of Stavanger
Museum of Archaeology