A short note on starch and xylem of Colocasia esculenta (taro) in archaeological deposits from Pitcairn Island, southeast Polynesia

Horrocks, M and Weisler, MI (2006) A short note on starch and xylem of Colocasia esculenta (taro) in archaeological deposits from Pitcairn Island, southeast Polynesia. Journal of Archaeological Science, 33 9: 1189-1193.


Author Horrocks, M
Weisler, MI
Title A short note on starch and xylem of Colocasia esculenta (taro) in archaeological deposits from Pitcairn Island, southeast Polynesia
Journal name Journal of Archaeological Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0305-4403
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jas.2006.12.007
Volume 33
Issue 9
Start page 1189
End page 1193
Total pages 5
Editor K.W. Butzer
Place of publication UK
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
430204 Archaeology of Complex Societies - Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas
430200 Archaeology and Prehistory
270709 Biogeography
750902 Understanding the pasts of other societies
Abstract We present results of starch analysis of archaeological deposits from Pitcairn Island. High concentrations of starch grains preserved in cell membranes, and xylem tracheary elements, consistent with introduced Colocasia esculenta (taro) were found. Because of limited age control, we are uncertain if the microfossils are prehistoric. Problems associated with identifying taxa with small starch grains in extractions from weathered deposits are highlighted. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Archaeology
Anthropology
Ancient Starch
Colocasia Esculenta
Pitcairn Island
Q-Index Code C1

 
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