date back

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date back (to someone or some time)

to have origins that extend back to the time of someone or something. This part of the palace dates back to Catherine the Great. This is old! It really must date back.
See also: back, date
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Specimens in amber date back approximately 100 million years, providing the potential for DNA studies of animals that lived during the time of the dinosaurs.
A lot of these problems date back to Century Cable,'' Windsor said.
The offences date back to the 1970s and 1980s said police, adding that none of the pupils currently at the school was in any danger.
Preliminary studies suggest that ice from the bottom of the hole may date back 200,000 years.
Hourly forecasts date back two months, while aggregate statistics, like highs and lows or rainfall, date back four months.
Hasaka-Aleppo, (SANA)-20 archeological finds were unearthed at Tell Brak site in Hasaka, the oldest of which date back to 3800 years B.
Jabbur said that the findings date back to the Byzantine period and the status of the jar within the ground and its large size indicate that it was used for grain storage, pointing out that the jar and other findings transferred to Homs Antiquities Department.
Some educators like the idea of pushing the date back, but Davis has indicated he is unwilling to do that.
The oldest proteins generally accepted by scientists date back only 1 or 2 million years, Hare says.
Its archeological levels date back to the Bronze and Iron Ages and the Persian, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods, Head of Idleb Antiquities Department, Nicola Kabbad, said.
Plans to convert the complex to senior housing date back to 1993, when the former owner received approval to build condominiums.