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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.
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 temple is considered to be the last stone temple that dates back to the Persian El-Sawy era that also depicts El-Kabsh Road that dates back to Ptolemy era, and Persian gates that date back to the ruling of King Darweis I.
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.
Al Mudhaibi, Apr 19 (ONA) Archaeological Excavations in Al Khashabah village in the Wilayat of Al Mudhaibi in the Governorate of North A'Sharqiyah revealed archaeological discoveries, date back to 3200 BC.
Sultan bin Saif Al Bakri, Director of Excavations and Archaeological Studies Department at the Ministry of Heritage and Culture said the archaeological excavations uncovered the copper smelting sites, which date back to 3200 BC, or the so-called "Hafeet" period, in addition to a tower that is one of the oldest archaeological towers belonging to that period.
At the fort's base, Islamic copper coins that date back to the beginning of the Umayyad era were also found.
Their home is one of the oldest in the area, originally known as Birkby House, and is believed to date back to up to 500 years.
The engraved object is estimated to date back to between 200 BCE and 200 CE when local states, concurrent with the rise of the Parthian Empire, arose and ruled the region after the Seleucids," he said.
The archaeological sites in Thi-Qar Province, comprising amazing ancient archaeological sites, date back to the ancient historic eras of Misopotamia (Ancient Iraq), some of them dating back to the Somerian era and others to the Acadian, Babylonian, Firthian, Akhmenian, Sasanian or Islamic eras, whilst it comprises the world's most ancient archaeological hill, called "Al-Obali Hill", dating back to 6,000 BC.
His exceptional closeness with this party does not date back to last year when his son was elected as SDSM council member in Skopje and when his wife became an active member of the association of women of SDSM but dates back to 1997 when SDSM appointed him first Ombudsman of the Republic of Macedonia.