The missing woodland resources : Archaeobotanical studies of the use of plant raw materials

Marian Berihuete Azorin* (Editor), Maria Martin Seijoo (Editor), Josep Oriol Lopez Bulto (Editor), Raquel Pique Huerta (Editor)

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Abstract

Woodlands are a key source of raw materials for many purposes since early Prehistory. Wood, bark, resin, leaves, fibers, fungi, moss, or tubers have been gathered to fulfill almost every human need. That led societies to develop specific technologies to acquire, manage, transform, elaborate, use, and consume these resources. The materials provided by woodlands covered a wide range of necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, or tool production, but they also provided resources employed for waterproofing, dying, medicine, and adhesives, among many others. All these technological processes and uses are commonly difficult to identify through the archaeological record. Some materials are exclusively preserved by charring or in anaerobic conditions at very exceptional sites or leave only a very slight trace behind them (e.g., containers). Consequently, they have received far less attention in archaeobotanical studies compared to other kind of plant materials consumed as food or firewood. This book provides an o verview of technological uses of plants from the Palaeolithic to the Post-Medieval period. This collection of papers presents different archaeobotanical and archaeological studies dealing with the use of a wide range of woodland resources, most of them among the less visible for archaeology, such as bast, fibers, and fungi. These papers present different approaches for their study combining archaeology, archaeobotany, and ethnoarchaeology.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEelde
PublisherBarkhuis
Number of pages189
ISBN (Electronic)9789493194434
ISBN (Print)9789493194359
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameAdvances in Archaeobotany
PublisherBarkhuis
Volume6

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