Archaeobotany--Research on Seeds and Fruits

植物考古:种子和果实研究

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Author: Liu Changjiang
Language: Chinese, Latin name
ISBN/ISSN: 9787030225504
Published on: 2008-01
Hardcover

Plant macroremains (mainly seeds and fruits) have long been known to be present abundantly in many archaeological sites in China. Systematic studies on these plant remains may provide a valuable insight into prehistoric agriculture and environment background. However, archaeobotany, as a new research area, is still not familiar to many archaeologists and even botanists in China. In this book, the methods of studying plant macroremains in archaeological sites are systematically described
In chapter 1, we will give a brief introduction of archaeolbotany, including the definition of archaeobotany The basic methods of studying plant macroremains will be introduced in Chapter 2. These methods include soil sampling, storage, drying, and flotation during and after archaeological excavations, seeds identification from other carbonized materials and sorting in the laboratory. Some pictures are provided along with these descriptions. Also, qualitative and quantitative statistic methods as well as the interpretation and presentation of archaeobotanic data are introduced. Chapter 3 focuses on the identification of seeds and fruits. The identification standards of seeds and fruits are introduced based on botanic sciences. The plants from which the seeds and fruits to be identified include those some important native and cultivated plats of China in prehistory and those easily mixed with important economic plants such as wild rice. In addition to the descriptions, color pictures and key to species of modern seeds and fruits are given, which can be used to guide the guide the identification of archaeological plant remains. In order to help the readers obtain the botanic information right after the identification, a brief introduction of habit, geographical distribution, environment, economic value and the archaeological implications are discussed. In Chapter 4, by systematically collecting archaeobotanic materials from published literature, prehistoric subsistence and the environment background in China are discussed with examples.



Chapter 1 Introduction
1.Definition of Archaeobotany
2.Methods of Archaeobotany
3.Over view of Archaeobotanical studies in China

Chapter 2 Basic methods for plant macroremains studies
1.Plant macroremains and its classification
2.Field Sampling
3.Flotation
4.Pretreatments and identification of plant remains
5.Data analysis and interpretation

Chapter 3 Identification of seeds and fruits and analysis of environment
1.Methods to the identification of seeds and fruits remains
2.Key to species of modern seeds and fruits
3.Morphological description to species of modern seeds and fruits

Chapter 4 Archaeobotanical studies in China
1.Plant macroremains and prehistoric agriculture
2.Plant macroremains and implication for past environments

Glossary of seeds and fruits morphology

References

Index in Chinese

Index in Latin

Index in English

List of coloured plate of seeds and fruits

List of seeds and fruits remains (selected)

Afterword

Coloured plates of modern seeds and fruits

Coloured Plates of seeds and fruits remains (selected)



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