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News from the past: Progress in African archaeobotany

Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on African Archaeobotany in Vienna, 2 5 July 2012

Ursula Thanheiser (ed.)
 

Series: Advances in Archaeobotany 3

ISBN-13: 9789492444028

Publication year: 2016

Publication type: Book

Pages: VII, 136

Cover: Hardcover

Format: 200 x 280 x 12 mm; 900 g; full colour ill.

Price excl. VAT: 54.25

Price incl. VAT: 57.51

Most of the contributions in this volume were presented at the seventh International Workshop on African Archaeobotany (IWAA), held in Vienna, 2-5 July 2012. They address past interrelationships between people and plants as evident in the rich archaeobotanical, ethnographic, and linguistic record of Africa.

Since its inception two decades ago, IWAA has developed into a tightly knit community of scholars from all continents who share a profound interest in African ways of plant exploitation, trade networks, questions of origin, domestication and subsequent dispersal of African crops, as well as the introduction of crops of Asian and American origin.

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Contents

Preface vii
Ursula Thanheiser

Ahmed Gamal el-Din Fahmy 1962-2013 1
Mary Anne Murray

The history of conifers in Egypt, part I: Mediterranean cypress(Cupressus sempervirens L., Cupressaceae) 3
Victoria Asensi Amoros

Reconstructing African agrarian prehistory by combining different sources of evidence: Examples for West African economic plants 13
Roger Blench

Modelling shifts in cereal cultivation in Egypt from the start of agriculture until modern times 27
R.T.J. Cappers

An investigation of taphonomic processes by means of digital image analysis of Phoenix dactylifera L. seeds from Roman Karanis (Fayum, Egypt) 37
Federica Fantone

Archaeobotanical research and related ethnobotanical observations in the central andsouthern Sahara 49
Assunta Florenzano, Eleonora Rattighieri, Isabella Massamba N'siala & Anna Maria Mercuri

Taro across the oceans: Journeys of one of our oldest crops 67
Ilaria Maria Grimaldi

The identification of non-dietary crop products of Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn. ssp. coracana, Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br., and Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench by phytolith analysis 83
Welmoed A. Out & Marco Madella

Charred plant macroremains (seeds, fruits) and phytoliths from villa E12.10 at Amara West, a pharaonic town in northern Sudan 95
Philippa Ryan, Caroline R. Cartwright & Neal Spencer

Pearl millet, Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R.Br. ssp. glaucum, in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt 115
Ursula Thanheiser, Stefanie Kahlheber & Tosha Dupras

Wood use in Graeco-Roman Karanis (Fayum, Egypt): Local origin or import? First results 127
Caroline Vermeeren

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