Paleoethnobotany: A Handbook of Procedures

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Academic Press, 2001 - Science - 700 pages
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This new edition of the definitive work on "doing paleoenthnobotany" follows the steady growth in the quantity and sophistication of paleoenthnobotanical research. It features a rewritten chapter on phytolith analysis and a new chapter, "Integrating Biological Data." It also includes new techniques, such as residue analysis, and new applications of old indicators, such as starch grains. An expanded examination of pollen analysis, more examples of environmental reconstruction, and a better balance of Old and New World examples increase the versatility of this holistic view of paleoethnobotany.
Paleoenthnobotany, Second Edition presents the diverse approaches and techniques that anthropologists and botanists use to study 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.

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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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