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date back

To have originated at an earlier time. This phrase is often followed by "to" and then the corresponding time frame or historical figure. I know she thinks that this vase is some great antique, but I doubt it dates back more than 30 years. This vase dates back to the Victorian period. This vase dates back to Queen Victoria.
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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.
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Avago's heritage of technical innovation dates back 40 years to its Agilent/Hewlett-Packard roots.
The Roman centurion was used because the traditional method of salt making used at the works, until its closure in 1986, dates back to Roman times.
Stan Horwitz, the DPW community services division manager, blamed a bookkeeping error for the problem - an error that dates back to the neighborhood's origins in 1969, when for unknown reasons the DPW failed to add it to the list of neighborhoods covered by districts that charge homeowners for lighting the streets.
The flight data processing system dates back to the 1970s and runs on out-of-production hardware, according to a computer magazine.
The team at Polesworth know the abbey dates back to the 1300s, but have found items that appear to date back 200 years further, and while there are theories that the abbey was first founded in 827 (which, apparently, would make them "very old"), the latest findings could, says Father Philip, date back as far as the Roman occupation.
Director of Hama Antiquities Department Abdul Qader Farzat said the castle dates back to the 12th century AD.
Her family tree on her father's side currently dates back to 12th-century Europe, with William the Conqueror of Yorkshire and Count Drago, who supposedly were cousins.
The traditional method of logging dates back hundred of years and is still used in wooded areas where access by vehicles is not possible.
19 in the 100 butterfly qualified her for the Southern Section Division II meet, but perhaps more importantly led the Indians of Newhall to their 100th consecutive Foothill League victory - a streak that dates back to 1983.
The coffin was then reconstructed in the shape it was modeled into which dates back to the 3rd or 4th centuries AD.
Her planning deputy had the day off and could not be reached for comment but an aide to the councilwoman said the project dates back to former councilman Marvin Braude's tenure.
Vacanti traces the conception and growth of the Tissue Engineering Society (TES), which has its roots in Boston, Massachusetts and dates back to 1996.
The expedition found pottery fragments that indicated that the site dates back to the late Stone Age and the Bronze Age.
Started in 1992, the prayer breakfast is now an annual event held on National Prayer Day, which dates back to a joint resolution signed by President Truman in 1952.