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Hunter-Gatherer Archaeobotany

Hunter-Gatherer Archaeobotany shows how archaeobotanical investigations can broaden our understanding of the much wider range of plants that have been of use to people in the recent and more distant past. The book compromises sixteen papers covering aspects of the archaeobotany of wild plants ranging across the northern hemisphere from Japan, across America, Europe and into the Near East. Sites examined span the Upper Palaeolithic to the recent past and demonstrate how such studies can extend our understanding of human interaction with plants throughout our history.
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* Introduction* The great want* Late Prehistoric plant resource intensification in the eastern San Francisco Bay area* Perusing the pits* Plants and pithouses* Patterns in the prehistoric use of non-agrarian botanical resources in the Long Island and Block Island Sound region of eastern North America* Archaeobotany of an early Ertebolle (Late Mesolithic) site at Halsskov, Zealand, Denmark* Mesolithic plant use in the wester Pyrenees* Preliminary results of an archaeobotanical analysis of Mesolithic sites in the Veenkolonien, Province of Groningen, the Netherlands* Archaeological charcoal used for environmental reconstruction* More on acorn eating during the Natufian* Nut exploitation in Jomon society* Reed tents and straw baskets? Plant resources during the Magdalenian of Southwest Germany* Reconstructing the palaeoecology of Ohalo II, an Early Epipalaeolithic sites in Isreal* Plants and subsistence of hunter-gatherers in the prehistory East European Plain (Upper Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Sub-Neolithic)* The archaeobotany of European hunter-gatherers

About the Author

Sarah Mason is a former Research Fellow at UCL, Institute of Archaeology, London. Jon Hather is Senior Lecturer in Archaeobotany at UCL, Institute of Archaeology, London.

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