Thatching Preserves Historic Grain Crops

An article in British Archaeology Magazine reports that medieval cereal crops have been discovered in thatched roofs in southern England.

Researchers at Oxford University studying a sample of thatching from a late 15th century building in Buckinghamshire, England, discovered intact ears of wheat that had survived 500 years of weather and soot. They have since collected samples from 50 more buildings. Experts hope that the thatch will help better understand medieval agriculture.