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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.
See also: back, date
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The American expedition working at the site of Tal Mouzan unearthed parts of a stone-made wall surrounding a temple dating back to 2500 BC along with walls and floors built of bricks dating back to 3600 BC.
He said that a burial chamber dating back to the 13th century was uncovered in the western side of Margat castle, while excavations at the chapel uncovered parts of towers dating back to an earlier castle, adding that a water storage chamber was uncovered in the northern part of the castle along with a small living area and tiled floor dating back to the Middle Ages.
Watson is charged with dishonestly obtaining pounds 6,401, pounds 1,426, pounds 58,000 and pounds 15,818 in Income Support dating back to 1996.
The restoration works of a large archeological jar dating back to the Byzantine era, were also conducted in the Lab.
Directly above this level was a level dating back to the "third dawn of the dynasties" period containing parts of brick structures including a basin, plaster-covered walls, and parts of two tower-shaped structures.In the level dating back to the Acadian period, excavations uncovered walls and parts of rooms built with plaster-covered bricks, in addition to clay bases, jars, cups and bowls.The level dating back to the Islamic era contains white limestone buildings that contained basins, stables and houses.
Sotheby's auction also exhibited a multicolored mummy mask dating back to 1075 - 1716 BC, with an estimated price Au100,000 - Au 150,000.
Ayman Ashmawy, head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities, said that the mission discovered several rock slabs with paintings and inscriptions on them, some of which date back to the Predynastic and Protodynastic era, along with burial tumuli, some of which dating back to the Protodynastic Period, while others dating back to the Late Roman era.
For his part, Secretary of Aleppo Museum Ahmad Osman stressed that Mari section consists of four halls: Tell Brak, Shagher Bazar, Mari , Hama and Ras Shamra, the latest of which encompasses golden cornice inlaid with precious jewels and a flat seal dating back to 3100 BC.
In the same context, director of archaeological unit, Mohamed Osman, said that the seized artifacts include 22 bronze coins dating back to the early and late Roman era and the period between the first and third centuries AD, along with five bronze coins dating back to more than 135 years ago.
Sweida, Southern Syria, (SANA) -- The national archeological mission working at al-Zelf archeological site in Sweida province unearthed a number of Arabic inscriptions dating back to the Ayyubid and Mamluki periods.
By: Angy Essam CAIRO -- 23 October 2017: A tombstone dating back to the Coptic era was discovered on Sunday during excavations carried out by the Egyptian archaeological mission headed by Yasser Mahmoud, announced Mostafa el Waziry, the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
Hasaka, Northeastern Syria, (SANA) -- The excavations of the archeological missions which ended their works in different sites in Hasaka province for the current season resulted in a number of findings dating back to different periods of time, said Director of Hasaka Antiquities Department Abdul-Masieh Baghdo.
Swaida, southern Syria (SANA) _The national excavation working at Dubbah Breika Hill at the southern province of Swaida has unearthed three neighboring stores dating back to the second millennium B.C.
Idleb,(SANA) -- A tomb dating back to the Roman Era was uncovered in the eastern part of Gesr al-Shoughour city in Idleb Province.
Hasaka, (SANA) -- More than 1000 archeological sites dating back to the Stone Age, Acadian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Byzantine and Islamic periods have been excavated in Hasaka Province that shed light on the great history of the eastern region of Syria as a treasure house of ancient civilizations lived there.