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Tracing Human Ecology: The Archaeobotanical and Malacological Record

David Beresford-Jones

in The Lost Woodlands of Ancient Nasca

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264768
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754005 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264768.003.0005

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Tracing Human Ecology: The Archaeobotanical and Malacological Record

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This chapter examines the ancient plant and other remains recovered from excavations. The purpose of archaeobotanical work was to reconstruct the human utilisation of plants in the past. The excavations focused on archaeological middens — the rubbish of ancient settlement. This is because they offer a record of human ecology, not least of changing human diet as evidenced in food refuse.

Keywords: food refuse; rubbish; archaeological middens; human ecology; human diet

Chapter.  8715 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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