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Tropical Archaeobotany : Applications and New Developments - Jon G. Hather

Tropical Archaeobotany

Applications and New Developments

By: Jon G. Hather (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 12th July 1994
ISBN: 9780415097840
Number Of Pages: 296

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Tropical Archaeobotanylooks at the examination, identification and interpretation of plant remains in tropical archaeology. It investigates the origins, spread, distribution and past use of tropical plants for food and other purposes. With case studies from a wide range of areas, the book details the latest macroscopic, microscopic and chemical techniques for the analysis of plant remains--from seeds, roots and tubers to epidermal fragments, pollen and phytoliths. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of archaeobotanical research with an emphasis on techniques and methodology that have relevance beyond the regional scope of the book.Tropical Archaeobotanyis an essential manual for archaeobotanists and an incomparable account of the latest research into past tropical environments and subsistence strategies.

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." . . a well illustrated and detailed manual which will be valuable in the laboratory and field." -David R. Harris, Institute of Archaeology, University College, London ""Tropical Archaeobotany is an interesting compendium on a new generation of multidisciplinary crop research, which uses a wide variety of scientific methods to identify ancient crops and subsistence methods." -"The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

List of contributors
Foreword
Preface
Introductionp. 1
Wood charcoals from tropical sites: a contribution to methodology and interpretationp. 9
Archaeobotanical investigations on a multicultural site at Adam, Maharashtra, with special reference to the development of tropical agriculture in parts of Indiap. 34
The identification of charred root and tuber crops from archaeological sites in the Pacificp. 51
Dietary evidence from the intestinal contents of ancient humans with particular reference to desiccated remains from northern Chilep. 66
Methods in the analysis of starch residues on prehistoric stone toolsp. 86
Investigating New World tropical agriculture: contributions from phytolith analysisp. 115
The prospects and problems of using palynology to trace the origins of tropical agriculture: the case of Southeast Asiap. 139
Anthropogenic indicators in pollen diagrams: problems and prospects for late Quaternary palynology in New Guineap. 172
Pollen in Polynesia: the use of palynology to detect human activity in the Pacific islandsp. 202
Chemosystematics in archaeology: a preliminary study of the use of chromatography and spectrophotometry in the identification of four prehistoric root crop species from the desert coast of Perup. 215
Protein and lipid analysis of food residuesp. 227
The genetics of agriculture: DNA variation in taro and yamp. 251
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ISBN: 9780415097840
ISBN-10: 0415097843
Series: One World Archaeology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 12th July 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 1

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