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Article about: Hi guys, This is a really weird question, so don't make fun of me. I was looking around inside one of my German helmets earlier and I found this bit of plant material. Is that wheat? a weed?

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    Hi guys,

    This is a really weird question, so don't make fun of me.

    I was looking around inside one of my German helmets earlier and I found this bit of plant material. Is that wheat? a weed? It certainly seems old. It's a long shot for sure, but it would interesting to find out if it belongs to a plant that is indigenous only to Europe.

    Sorry for the strange question, I am an archaeologist at heart and these kinds of things intrigue me.

    Has anyone else ever found biological remains inside of something?

    Regards,
    Mo
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    It looks like a husk of wheat

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    I agree with Nick. It's wheat.

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    Not really my field, but 6 row Barley is my first thought, though it might be Wheat. Sorry I can't be more certain on this. I'll ask the wife when she gets back from university, as she is a professor in Environmental archaeology.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Try it with a little milk Mo, throw in a few blueberries and it might be good for breakfast!

    Seriously though, that is a first...never heard of that before. Genuine "barn find", complete with part of the farmer's field!

    Cheers,

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    Sorry Mo, but i cant resist, to me it looks like the beginning of a box of Weetabix

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    Quote by Bond View Post
    Not really my field, but 6 row Barley is my first thought, though it might be Wheat. Sorry I can't be more certain on this. I'll ask the wife when she gets back from university, as she is a professor in Environmental archaeology.
    Thanks for your replies. Jerry, I look forward to hearing your wife's opinion as well.

    I was expecting the cereal jokes. haha... I suppose if I was looking for the authentic 'German soldier' experience I could always try a bite.

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    I was going to ask if there was a cereal number on the helmet !!

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    It would make a good meal for some of us older guys who need more fiber!!

    Sam

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    Looks like barley to me.

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