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.
." . . 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