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Paleoethnobotany

A Handbook of Procedures

Deborah M Pearsall

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Left Coast Press Inc
31 August 2015
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.
By:   Deborah M Pearsall
Imprint:   Left Coast Press Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   3rd New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 276mm,  Width: 219mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   1.610kg
ISBN:   9781611322989
ISBN 10:   1611322987
Pages:   513
Publication Date:   31 August 2015
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Further / Higher Education ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Preface to the Third EditionPreface to the Second EditionPreface to the First EditionList of TablesList of FiguresChapter 1. The Paleoethnobotanical ApproachIntroductionHistorical OverviewNature and Status of EthnobotanyChapter 2. Deposition, Preservation, and Recovery of MacroremainsIntroductionDeposition and Preservation of MacroremainsIn Situ Collection of MacroremainsScreening TechniquesWater Recovery: Flotation TechniquesBuilding and Operating Flotation Systems: Sample DesignsSampling for MacroremainsIssues and Directions in Recovery of MacroremainsChapter 3. Identification and Interpretation of MacroremainsIntroductionInitial Processing of SamplesBuilding a Comparative CollectionBasic Identification TechniquesSpecialized Identification TechniquesPresenting and Interpreting ResultsIssues and Directions in Macroremain AnalysisChapter 4. Pollen AnalysisIntroductionNature and Production of PollenHistory of Pollen AnalysisPollen Deposition and PreservationField SamplingLaboratory AnalysisPresenting and Interpreting ResultsIssues and Directions in Archaeological Pollen AnalysisChapter 5. Phytolith AnalysisIntroductionNature and Occurrence of PhytolithsLaboratory AnalysisIssues and Directions in Phytolith AnalysisChapter 6. Starch AnalysisIntroductionNature and Production of StarchHistory of Starch AnalysisStarch Deposition and PreservationField SamplingLaboratory AnalysisPresenting and Interpreting ResultsIssues and Directions in Archaeological Starch AnalysisChapter 7. Integrating Biological DataPart I: Indicators of Diet and HealthIntroductionIndirect Dietary IndicatorsDirect IndicatorsPart II: The Interplay of Dietary IndicatorsPredictions from Dietary IndicatorsCombined Indicators for Eight Neotropical DietsFrom Model to Reality: Two Archaeological Case StudiesReferencesIndex

Deborah M. Pearsall , Professor Emerita, University of Missouri, USA Department of Anthropology. Recently retired from MU after 35 years, Debby Pearsall holds a BA from the University of Michigan and MA and PhD from the University of Illinois, all degrees in anthropology. Her interests within this discipline center on South American archaeology and paleoethnobotany--the study of people-plant interrelationships through the archaeological record. She has conducted paleoethnobotanical research in numerous locations in the Americas. Her research has two broad themes: the origins and spread of agriculture in the lowland Neotropics, and methods and approaches in paleoethnobotany. She is the author of three books, Paleoethnobotany. A Handbook of Procedures ; Plants and People in Ancient Ecuador: The Ethnobotany of the Jama River Valley; and Piperno and Pearsall , The Origins of Agriculture in the Lowland Neotropics , and was the general editor of Academic Press's 2008 Encyclopedia of Archaeology . She has published in numerous professional journals and edited books.

Reviews for Paleoethnobotany: A Handbook of Procedures

Praise for the Second Edition: Pearsall should be commended for bringing together ideas culled from other disciplines (geology, biology, ecology) and recasting them in an archaeological light...Overall, a book that can satisfy a wide audience. --CHOICE Praise for the Second Edition: Paleoethnobotany: An Handbook of Procedures is valuable for its comprehensive outline of approaches and techniques of research, but more importantly, it exists as the only book of its kind. Pearsall has made an effort to make the book accessible to both anthropologists and botanists and succeeds admirably. --SIDA: Contributions to Botany Praise for the First Edition: Every archaeologist planning to excavate a site needs to read Pearsall's section on sampling botanical remains before digging... --American Anthropologist Praise for the Second Edition: Pearsall should be commended for bringing together ideas culled from other disciplines (geology, biology, ecology) and recasting them in an archaeological light...Overall, a book that can satisfy a wide audience. CHOICE Praise for the Second Edition: Paleoethnobotany: An Handbook of Procedures is valuable for its comprehensive outline of approaches and techniques of research, but more importantly, it exists as the only book of its kind. Pearsall has made an effort to make the book accessible to both anthropologists and botanists and succeeds admirably. SIDA: Contributions to Botany Praise for the First Edition: Every archaeologist planning to excavate a site needs to read Pearsall's section on sampling botanical remains before digging... American Anthropologist


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