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Archaeobotany in Australia and New Guinea : Practice, potential and prospects

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posted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by T Denham, J Atchison, J Austin, S Bestel, D Bowdery, A Crowther, N Dolby, A Fairbairn, J Field, A Kennedy, C Lentfer, C Matheson, S Nugent, J Parr, M Prebble, G Roberston, J Specht, R Torrence, H Barton, R Fullagar, S Haberle, M Horrocks, Tara LewisTara Lewis, P Matthews
Archaeobotany is the study of plant remains from archaeological contexts. Despite Australasian research being at the forefront of several methodological innovations over the last three decades, archaeobotany is now a relatively peripheral concern to most archaeological projects in Australia and New Guinea. In this paper, many practicing archaeobotanists working in these regions argue for a more central role for archaeobotany in standard archaeological practice. An overview of archaeobotanical techniques and applications is presented, the potential for archaeobotany to address key historical research questions is indicated, and initiatives designed to promote archaeobotany and improve current practices are outlined.

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Journal

Australian archaeology

Volume

68

Pagination

1 - 10

Publisher

Australian Archaeological Association

Location

Adelaide, S. Aust.

ISSN

0312-2417

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2009, Australian Archaeological Association

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