The Exploitation of Plant Resources in Ancient Africa

The Exploitation of Plant Resources in Ancient Africa

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This edited volume brings together a wide range of inter-disciplinary papers, collating recent archaeobotanical evidence of the past 5-10 years. New evidence is presented, citing a number of case studies, methods of analysing and distinguishing wild and domesticated species are discussed, ethnographic evidence is cited from Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Uganda, Egypt and Sudan. The wider significance of agricultural change in terms of food production and supply are explored, as well as the social and symbolic role of food in ancient societies. An important study bringing a wide range of evidence together in one place.Charcoal from the Mouyssam II site in Mali has been studied by Christiane Rolando (Rolando, 1991, 1992a; Rolando and ... Charcoal from mounds that have been formed very quickly give a detailed picture of the plant cover for a certain moment but do not show long-term changes. ... plants protected for various reasons have been collected in four villages (K. Hahn, 1996; Kere, 1996; Martin, 1993).

Title:The Exploitation of Plant Resources in Ancient Africa
Author:Marijke van der Veen
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 1999-06-30


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