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I think it very much depends on what your definition of life is! Seeds that are dormant don't have any metabolic processes going on, but given the right circumstances they can germinate and clearly be alive.
It's dry , it has no moisture it cannot sprout without water I think most all life needs moisture or we revert back to the earth... but what preserves the cell inside the seed so that water brings on life...I don't know! It is amazing. I have a jar of corn kernals (seeds that belonged to my mom, my grandma, and they belonged to her Mom. Now I don't how much further back they go but the tradition was that they each planted a few seeds in there garden from these kernals. And carry the corn on. My grandma said it was healthy corn.. strong corn.. LOL She was serious! I have left them in the jar and never planted any of them as an adult. My mom did, then sealed it up! I should plant one or two and see what happens!That is a good question.. I hope someone can anwser it!
2k years is a long time to remain dormant.