Plants and People in the African Past

  title={Plants and People in the African Past},
  author={Anna Maria Mercuri and A. C. D'andrea and Rita Fornaciari and Alexa H{\"o}hn},
  booktitle={Springer International Publishing},
Recently, several studies have been published dealing with the analysis of plant remains from archaeological sites in the Memphite region. These investigations covered different archaeological periods. However, until now, no research has be completed on plant remains from the Early Dynastic period in this area. This paper will focus on analysis of macro-botanical remains from sealed pots discovered inside ten tombs at the Early Dynastic Cemetery in Helwan, 30 km south of Cairo (3100–2600 BC… 

Agricultural diversification in West Africa: an archaeobotanical study of the site of Sadia (Dogon Country, Mali)

Flotation samples from systematic flotation samples taken at the settlement mounds of Sadia (Mali) report diversification at the end of the 1st millennium AD, which matches with other evidence found in West Africa.

Plants, Water and Humans: Pollen Analysis from Holocene Archaeological Sites on Sai Island, Northern Sudan

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Multi-isotopic study of diet and mobility in the northeastern Nile Delta

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Dataset of 1 km cropland cover from 1690 to 1999 in Scandinavia

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Comparative evolutionary analysis and prediction of deleterious mutation patterns between sorghum and maize

A comparison of deleterious burden between Sorghum and maize revealed that sorghum, in contrast to maize, departed from the “domestication cost” hypothesis that predicts a higher deleteriously burden among domesticates compared to wild lines.