Phytoliths as a tool for investigations of agricultural origins and dispersals around the world

Ball, Terry., Chandler-Ezell, Karol., Dickau, Ruth., Duncan, Neil., Hart, Thomas C., Iriarte, Jose., Lentfer, Carol, Logan, Amanda., Lu, Houyuan., Madella, Marco., Pearsall, Deborah M., Piperno, Dolores R., Rosen, Arlene M., Vrydaghs, Luc., Weisskopf, Alison. and Zhang, Jianping. (2015) Phytoliths as a tool for investigations of agricultural origins and dispersals around the world. Journal of Archaeological Science, 68 32-45. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2015.08.010

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Author Ball, Terry.
Chandler-Ezell, Karol.
Dickau, Ruth.
Duncan, Neil.
Hart, Thomas C.
Iriarte, Jose.
Lentfer, Carol
Logan, Amanda.
Lu, Houyuan.
Madella, Marco.
Pearsall, Deborah M.
Piperno, Dolores R.
Rosen, Arlene M.
Vrydaghs, Luc.
Weisskopf, Alison.
Zhang, Jianping.
Title Phytoliths as a tool for investigations of agricultural origins and dispersals around the world
Journal name Journal of Archaeological Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1095-9238
Publication date 2015-08-12
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jas.2015.08.010
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 68
Start page 32
End page 45
Total pages 14
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Agricultural origins and dispersals are subjects of fundamental importance to archaeology as well as many other scholarly disciplines. These investigations are world-wide in scope and require significant amounts of paleobotanical data attesting to the exploitation of wild progenitors of crop plants and subsequent domestication and spread. Accordingly, for the past few decades the development of methods for identifying the remains of wild and domesticated plant species has been a focus of paleo-ethnobotany. Phytolith analysis has increasingly taken its place as an important independent contributor of data in all areas of the globe, and the volume of literature on the subject is now both very substantial and disseminated in a range of international journals. In this paper, experts who have carried out the hands-on work review the utility and importance of phytolith analysis in documenting the domestication and dispersals of crop plants around the world. It will serve as an important resource both to paleo-ethnobotanists and other scholars interested in the development and spread of agriculture.
Keyword Phytoliths
Crop plants
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Q-Index Code C1
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