Paleoethnobotany: A Handbook of Procedures

Academic Press, 2000 - 700 páginas
Paleoethnobotany is the study of human-plant interactions throughout history. This edition presents the diverse approaches and techniques used by anthropologists and botanists in the study of human-plant interactions. It shows why anthropologists must identify plant remains and understand the ecology of human-plant interactions. Additionally, it demonstrates why botanists need to view the plant world from a cultural perspective and understand the strengths and weaknesses of the archaeological record. This edition of the definitive work on doing paleoethnobotany follows the steady growth in the quantity and sophistication of paleoethnobotanical research. It features a rewritten chapters on phytolith analysis and a new chapter Integrating Biological Data. It also includes new technqiues, such as residue analysis, and new applciations of old indicators, such as starch grains. An expanded examination of pollen analysis, more examples of environmental reconstruction, and a better balance of international examples increase the versatility of this holistic view of palaeoethnobotany. 4

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The Paleoethnobotanical Approach
Techniques for Recovering Macroremains
Identification and Interpretation of Macroremains
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Deborah Pearsall is currently Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia, as well as head of the American Archaeology Division Paleoethnobotany Laboratory. Her current research focuses on the evolution of agricultural systems in Ecuador and on refining phytolith classification and processing procedures. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1979.

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