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Author Pearsall, Deborah M., author.

Title Paleoethnobotany : a handbook of procedures / Deborah M Pearsall, professor emerita, Department of Anthology, University of Missouri, Columbia
Edition Third edition
Published Walnut Creek, California : Left Coast Press, [2015]
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Summary "This new edition of the definitive work on doing paleoethnobotany brings the book up to date by incorporating new methods and examples of research, while preserving the overall organization and approach of the book to facilitate its use as a textbook. In addition to updates on the comprehensive discussions of macroremains, pollen, and phytoliths, this edition includes a chapter on starch analysis, the newest tool in the paleoethnobotanist's research kit. Other highlights include updated case studies; expanded discussions of deposition and preservation of archaeobotanical remains; updated historical overviews; new and updated techniques and approaches, including insights from experimental and ethnoarchaeological studies; and a current listing of electronic resources. Extensively illustrated, this will be the standard work on paleoethnobotany for a generation"-- Provided by publisher
Notes Machine generated contents note: Preface to the Third Edition Preface to the Second Edition Preface to the First Edition List of Tables List of Figures Chapter 1. The Paleoethnobotanical Approach Introduction Historical Overview Nature and Status of Ethnobotany Chapter 2. Deposition, Preservation, and Recovery of Macroremains Introduction Deposition and Preservation of Macroremains In Situ Collection of Macroremains Screening Techniques Water Recovery: Flotation Techniques Building and Operating Flotation Systems: Sample Designs Sampling for Macroremains Issues and Directions in Recovery of Macroremains Chapter 3. Identification and Interpretation of Macroremains Introduction Initial Processing of Samples Building a Comparative Collection Basic Identification Techniques Specialized Identification Techniques Presenting and Interpreting Results Issues and Directions in Macroremain Analysis Chapter 4. Pollen Analysis Introduction Nature and Production of Pollen History of Pollen Analysis Pollen Deposition and Preservation Field Sampling Laboratory Analysis Presenting and Interpreting Results Issues and Directions in Archaeological Pollen Analysis Chapter 5. Phytolith Analysis Introduction Nature and Occurrence of Phytoliths Laboratory Analysis Issues and Directions in Phytolith Analysis Chapter 6. Starch Analysis Introduction Nature and Production of Starch History of Starch Analysis Starch Deposition and Preservation Field Sampling Laboratory Analysis Presenting and Interpreting Results Issues and Directions in Archaeological Starch Analysis Chapter 7. Integrating Biological Data Part I: Indicators of Diet and Health Introduction Indirect Dietary Indicators Direct Indicators Part II: The Interplay of Dietary Indicators Predictions from Dietary Indicators Combined Indicators for Eight Neotropical Diets From Model to Reality: Two Archaeological Case Studies References Index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Paleoethnobotany.
Plant remains (Archaeology)
HISTORY -- Ancient -- General.
Plant remains (Archaeology)
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Botany.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Archaeology.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1611323002