New Light on Early Farming

New Light on Early Farming : Recent Developments in Palaeoethnobotany

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An international team of contributors presents research in the expanding field of archaeological botany and agriculture. Material is drawn from Spain, Germany, Britain and France with the first full survey of data from India and Afghanistan. The book begins with the problems of methodology, with an analysis of new techniques being used and examples of their effectiveness. It then surveys the worldwide use of paleoethnobotany in a series of regional studies, including recent research on palaeoenvironments in western and eastern Europe, Scandinavia and worldwide.
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  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 31.75mm | 836g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748601317
  • 9780748601318

Table of contents

Part 1 Methodology and identification: silica skeletons and macroscopic plant remains from ash; an analysis of the stomach contents of Lindow Man; identification of seeds and fruits of spelt wheat, oats and legumes; archaeobotany and storage archaeoentomology; determination of fibre plants in textiles, cordage and wickerwork; report on wood samples from the Merovingian burial site and Liebenau, Lower Saxony; vegetative plant remains from waterlogged deposits in York. Part 2 Regional studies in palaeoethnobotany: sorghum from Qasr Ibrim, Egyptian Nubia 700BC - AD1811; recovery and analysis of plant remains from Mediterranean shipwreck sites; palaeoethnobotany in Cyprus; recent research from plant remains in Valencia; recent palaeoethnobotanical work in Switzerland, Hungary, Ireland, Belgium, Scandinavia, Southern France, Denmark, coastal British Columbia and Great Britain; current studies of Indian palaeoethnobotany; landscape archaeology in Hampshire; field crop plants in early historic Ireland; macrofossils from Danish town and monastery excavations; charred acorns from Evergem-Ralingen, nr Ghent.
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