Paleoethnobotany : A Handbook of Procedures

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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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  • Paperback | 700 pages
  • 190.5 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 1,270.05g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 0125480369
  • 9780125480369

Table of contents

Preface to the Second Edition. Preface to the First Edition. List of Tables. List of Figures. The Paleoethnobotanical Approach. Techniques for Recovering Macroremains. Identification and Interpretation of Macroremains. Pollen Analysis. Phytolith Analysis. Integrating Biological Data. Part I: Indicators of Diet and Health. Part II: The Interplay of Dietary Indicators. References. Index.
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Praise for the First Edition: "Pearsall is to be commended for producing a volume that will do much to positively affect future research in paleoethnobotany." REVIEWS IN ANTHROPOLOGY "Every archaeologist planning to excavate a site needs to read Pearsall's section on sampling botanical remains before digging..." AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST "Pearsall does an excellent job of raising and answering questions related to the "how to's" of paleoethnobotany. Her style is relaxed, yet informative, and in sections is similar to a conversation with the author." AMERICAN ANTIQUITY Praise for the Second Edition "Pearsall should be commended for bringing together ideas culled from other disciplines (geology, biology, ecology) and recasting them in an archaeological light...Overall, a book that can satisfy a wide audience." CHOICE "Paleoethnobotany: An Handbook of Procedures is valuable for its comprehensive outline of approaches and techniques of research, but more importantly, it exists as the only book of its kind. Pearsall has made an effort to make the book accessible to both anthropologists and botanists and succeeds admirably." SIDA: Contributions to Botany (19 (2): 402. 2000) "...this is an amazing book and it is well worth the cost...For any member of the palynology discipline who plans to interact and work with archaeologists, or who wants his/her research to be recognized and used by paleoethnobotanists, this book is an essential purchase." AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF STRATIGRAPHIC PALYNOLOGISTS NEWSLETTER
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About Deborah M. Pearsall

Deborah Pearsall earned a PhD in anthropology from the University of Illinois. She is an archaeologist whose interests center on the origins of agriculture in the New World tropics. Books include Paleoethnobotany: A Handbook of Procedures, Plants and People in Ancient Ecuador and Origins of Agriculture in the Neotropics (co-authored with D. Piperno).
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