In 2008, on a dig in the First Nation’s Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin, archaeologists made a small but stunning discovery: a tiny clay pot.
Though it might not have seemed very impressive at first glimpse, this little piece of pottery was determined to be about 800 years old.
And inside that pot? Something that changes how we’re looking at extinction, preservation, and food storage, as well as how humans have influenced the planet in their time on it.
It’s amazing to think that a little clay pot buried in the ground 800 years ago would still be relevant today, but it’s true! But maybe that’s not so surprising.
After all, the choices people made in centuries past continue to affect us today, even down to which continent we live on.
And not only that, it’s actually brought an extinct species of squash that was presumed to be lost forever. Read on to discover more!