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Author Pearsall, Deborah M., author

Title Case studies in paleoethnobotany : understanding ancient lifeways through the study of phytoliths, starch, macroremains, and pollen / Deborah M. Pearsall
Published New York, NY : Routledge, 2018
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Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of figures; List of tables; Preface; Acknowledgments; Part I The Nature and Study of Paleoethnobotanical Remains; 1 Paleoethnobotanical Remains; Introduction: The Paleoethnobotanical Approach; Paleoethnobotanical Data and Their Study; Macroremains; Pollen; Phytoliths; Starch; Studying Archaeobotanical Remains; The Comparative Collection; 2 Deposition and Preservation of Paleoethnobotanical Remains; Introduction; Macroremain Deposition and Preservation; Summary; Grinding Stone Example; Phytolith Deposition and Preservation; Summary
4 Approaches to Paleoethnobotanical InterpretationIntroduction; Qualitative Analysis; Quantitative Analysis; Common Measures Used to Interpret Archaeobotanical Data; Raw Data Tabulation; Ubiquity/Percentage Presence; Ratios; Diversity; Application of Multivariate Techniques; Reading a Stratigraphic Diagram; Part II Interpreting Paleoethnobotanical Data: Case Studies; 5 Investigating Neanderthal Lifeways Through Paleoethnobotany; Introduction; Background to the Case Study; Neanderthal Diet(s): The Contribution of Plant and Animal Foods
6 The Paleoethnobotany of Maize: Understanding Domestication and AgricultureIntroduction; Is It Maize? Identifying and Characterizing Maize Remains; Introduction; Macroremains; Pollen; Phytoliths; Starch; Summary and Discussion: Identifying Maize; Assessing the Importance of Maize in Prehistoric Foodways; Introduction; Assessing the Abundance of Maize; Assessing the Impact of Maize on the Landscape; Summary and Discussion: Identifying the Importance and Impact of Maize; Conclusion: Contributions of Paleoethnobotany to Studying Domestication and Agriculture
Grinding Stone ExampleStarch Deposition and Preservation; Summary; Grinding Stone Example; Pollen Deposition and Preservation; Summary; Grinding Stone Example; Conclusion: Deposition and Preservation of Paleoethnobotanical Remains; 3 Field Sampling and Recovery; Introduction; Strategies and Techniques for Sampling; Flotation and Fine-Sieving; Flotation Example: Using a SMAP-Style System; Collecting Artifacts and Residues for Starch (and Other Microfossil) Analysis; Guidelines for Selecting Artifacts; Field-Sampling of Residues for Microfossil Study
Neanderthals as Top Predators: Faunal and Isotope EvidenceNeanderthals as Foragers: Botanical Evidence; Foraging Practices of Early Modern Humans; Discussion: Plant Foods in the Neanderthal Diet; Neanderthal-Plant Interrelationships Beyond Diet; Medicinal Plant Use; Fuel Selection; Ecosystem Management; Spatial Organization of Sites as a Reflection of Modern Behavior; Early Modern Human Example: Sibudu Cave, South Africa; Summary and Discussion: Neanderthals and Modern Behaviors Beyond Diet; Conclusion: Investigating Neanderthal Lifeways Through Paleoethnobotany
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Paleoethnobotany -- Case studies.
Plant remains (Archaeology) -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017060776
ISBN 1351009656
9781351009652 (Mobi/Kindle)
9781351009669 (ePub)
9781351009676 ( Web PDF)
9781351009683 (Master)
(hardback : alk. paper)