Botany meets archaeology: people and plants in the past.

  title={Botany meets archaeology: people and plants in the past.},
  author={Jo Day},
  journal={Journal of experimental botany},
  volume={64 18},
  • Jo Day
  • Published 1 December 2013
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of experimental botany
This paper explores the close links between botany and archaeology, using case studies from the ancient Mediterranean. It explains the kinds of palaeobotanical remains that archaeologists can recover and the methods used to analyse them. The importance of iconographic and textual evidence is also underlined. Examples of key research areas that focus on ancient plants are discussed: diet and palaeoeconomy; medicines, poisons, and psychotropics; perfumes, cosmetics, and dyes; and prestige. 

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