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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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References in classic literature ?
The Caporali families date back to the twelfth century.
The Hall was unearthed below the soft-brick buildings and commercial residential areas that date back to the third transition period, particularly the 22nd and 23rd dynasties' eras.
The shards of pottery that were found date back to the 3rd millennium BC, and explorers also found tools and stone stoves that were used for cooking, in addition to collections of beads used to craft necklaces and other jewellery.
Summary: Baghpat (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Nov 18 (ANI): Copper coins, which may date back to the Kushan period, have been found in the Khaprana village in Barnawa area of Baghpat.
The field survey covered mountainous territory, where the expeditionary team discovered sites that date back to the Stone Age or Paleolithic period in Al-Kharj province, about 100 thousand years ago.
In this season, excavations were completed in the mud-trench surrounded settlement, which was uncovered in the previous seasons and date back to 2800 BC or the Hafeet period.
Also, six notifications posted on the website date back to 2015.
Work on a new site for Westpoint Homes just outside Edinburgh has unearthed signs of a settlement which could date back to prehistoric or medieval times.
Later, they were used in the Iron Age as many cemeteries were discovered, most of them date back to the second Iron Age (1300 - 300 BC).
He pointed out that some 80 bronze coins which date back to various time periods were discovered during excavations at the site.
The earliest reference to milling at Cheddleton dates back to 1253, and it is possible that the foundations of the South Mill date back to this period.
The stamps feature windmills in Nutley, East Sussex, parts of which date back to the mid-1950s, Woodchurch in Kent, which dates from the early 19th century, and Ballycopeland in County Down, the last surviving example of more than 100 windmills that once stood in the region.
At the fort's base, Islamic copper coins that date back to the beginning of the Umayyad era were also found.
The remnants, which were discovered near the village of Yay-yE- in the Emet district of KE-tahya, are thought to belong to people aged between 10 and 60 and to date back to Roman times.
A source in the ruins of Nineveh Affairs told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that the IS blew up the ruins of Khorsabad area, which date back to centuries of post-history and destroyed the archaeological ruins that date back to Assyrian period in Nineveh." He noted that "the ruins of Khorsapad were the end of the IS retaliatory criminal acts to the ruins of the heritage of Mosul after the organization showed a videotape showing the destruction of ruins and heritage of Nineveh and civilized Nergal gate, the Museum of Nineveh, the city of Nimrud archaeological, al-Hader and finally Khorsabad.